If you’ve noticed recently that some of your clients are looking a little “nipped and tucked,” it’s probably not your imagination. According to
researchers reporting in American Demographics, more and more people—especially minorities—are opting for or would like to have some type of
Although many people have adopted a vegetarian diet as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, this kind of diet may actually be a marker for detecting eating disorders in some populations, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The subjects of this research, conducted at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, were female college students, a subpopulation considered at risk for weight preoccupation.
F o s t e r H e a l t h y B o d y I m a g e i n Yo u r C h i l d
short-term diets can lead to disordered eating. Explain that maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong process and any weight that takes a superhuman effort to maintain is probably not a healthy weight. Serve as a role model yourself by conveying a balanced attitude toward food and by not dieting. 4 Legalize All Food...
As a writer of promotional material for fitness professionals, I was recently asked to consult on an advertisement for a chain of fitness clubs. The ad’s headline referred to shedding pounds, and below that was a photo of a super-slim woman—captured from midriff to mid-thigh—wearing only a bikini bottom and a tape measure around her waist.
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Fibromyalgia and Exercise Intensity Exercise and Bulimia Mind, Body and Immunity
Fibromyalgia and Exercise Intensity Van Santen, M., et al. 2002. High- or low-intensity aerobic fitness training in fibromyalgia: Does it matter? Journal of Rheumatology, 29 (3), 582-7. Study. In the Netherlands, physician researchers at the University of Limberg at Maastricht compare...
Defining the Problem
Instructors who field desperate questions from participants about spot reducing and calorie burning know firsthand about people’s preoccupation with body image. And negative body perception runs rampant in our own industry.
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Understanding Muscle Dysmorphia
ometimes referred to as "reverse anorexia nervosa," muscle dysmorphia is an unhealthy preoccupation with being muscular. Here, fitness expert Staci Mason sheds some light on this dangerous new condition, which negatively impacts some exercise enthusiasts.
1. Muscle Dysmorphia Is a Body Image Problem.
I suspect that one of my colleagues has an eating disorder and another suffers from exercise addiction. While I’m inclined to mind my own business, participants are starting to talk. Some of them are worried and asking me whether these instructors have a problem. Others comment on how great these instructors look and are asking me their “secret to success.” What do I do, if anything?
Your questions answered by industry peers
How can trainers help clients get past body image hang-ups and instead concentrate on overall health and fitness?
Body image is certainly an issue with some clients, and personal fitness trainers can positively impact these individuals if they use some sensitivity. For example, I would not suggest invalidating any client goal. If a...