In a recent survey of 16,000 Glamour magazine readers, 40% of respondents expressed discontent with their bodies. However, the good news is that simply engaging in regular exercise—regardless of body changes—has been linked to improvement in self-assessment.
Overweight teens, and teens who view themselves as overweight, may be at heightened risk of attempting suicide, stated a recent study. Published online
in the Journal of Adolescent Health (doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.03.006), the study analyzed BMI, perceived weight and suicide attempts among more than 14,000 high-school students. “Our findings show that both perceived and actual overweight increase risk for suicide attempt,” stated lead study author Monica Swahn, PhD. The
results held true for both boys and girls.
For patients with anorexia nervosa [AN], the idea of regaining weight can be terrifying. In a small study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders (2008; 41, 728–33), researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sought to determine whether relaxation therapy might help.
Take a generally anxious person and raise him/her in a complicated family and confidence-quashing peer/school environment. Immerse her in a media-driven, perfectionist and competitive culture. Ten years later ...
In a previous issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review, we asked: How would you deal with a client who exhibits body dysmorphic behavior? “When I read this it really hit home. I am a trainer who trains only women..."
If one of your clients had an eating disorder, would you
recognize it? If so, what would you do?
In a recent survey, 32% of fitness professionals correctly
indicated that a fictitious client, described in a case scenario, had anorexia
nervosa. Another 21% suspected an eating disorder, but felt that either it
would be outside their ...
Women who accept their bodies the way they are seem to be more likely to follow principles of healthy eating, new research shows. The findings suggest that women’s typical reasons for changing their diet—a dissatisfaction with their bodies—may backfire, said Tracy Tylka, co-author of the studies and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University’s Marion campus.
Almost everyone wants to lose weight and drop that extra 5 or 10 pounds. But some people take that desire to extreme measures and will literally starve themselves to be thinner. While we usually associate eating disorders with sedentary clients, the truth is that more and more elite athletes are falling prey to unhealthy eating and e...
Group fitness instructors: Do you think there’s a difference between saying, “Work hard to feel good” and saying, “Work hard to get rid of that tummy?” A new study suggests that the language you use during class can impact a female participant’s decision about whether or not to return. The results appeared in a recent issue of Psychology of Sport and Exercise