According to a report in the July issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry (2006; 163, 1280–82), persons suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) are 45 times more likely to commit suicide than nonsufferers. BDD causes individuals to become obsessed with their appearance and to develop a distorted self-image.
Researchers studied 185 subjects over 4 years and found ...
19% = the number of overweight people who would risk death to be thin.
33% = the number of obese people who would risk their life to lose 10 pounds.
4% = the number of normal-weight people who would take that risk to shed 10 pounds.
31% = the number of obese people who would trade up to 5% of their remaining years to be 10% thinner...
Think your kindergartner is too young to worry about dieting? You might be surprised to learn that girls as young as 5 years old who dabble in dieting are at higher risk for future weight gain,
negative body image and disordered eating than girls who have
no dietary restraints during childhood.
Many fitness facility members look to group fitness instructors for cues on how to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. However, these role models may have—or be at an increased risk for—eating disorders, body dissatisfaction and compulsive exercise.
Fitness facility managers, you may want to think before outfitting your group exercise room with floor-to-ceiling mirrors on the wall: Doing so may lead your members to bemoan that they are not the fairest of them all.
The dangers of sedentary living are making headlines, and government entities are taking notice. Political ideology has its place, but execution is even better. Here’s an update on health- and fitness-related legislative action and advocacy.