Twenty-five years ago Debra Mazda, MEd,
of Mazda Motivations LLC, visited a health club and experienced firsthand the
feeling of not belonging. At age 21, she weighed over 300 pounds. Depressed and
battling high blood pressure, she decided to reinvent her life. “I was the only
seriously fat person in the gym,” she remembers. Undaunted, she sweated her way
In an effort to motivate participants to train harder during workouts, some fitness leaders comment on their own feelings of being “fat.” New research suggests that referring to your own fatness may actually do harm to your body image and self-esteem over time.
It’s well known that sedentary living is associated with health risks. Now, researchers have been looking at motorized transportation dependence and its correlation with body fat and waist circumference.
In late June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new prescription weight loss drug for the first time in 13 years. Lorcaserin—to be marketed in the U.S. under the name Belviq®—was approved as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for chronic weight management, according to an FDA press release. On its heels in mid-July came a second approval—for Qsymia™—another prescription drug for weight loss.
Recently, body mass index (BMI), which has been widely considered an effective measure of body fat, has come under scrutiny. According to researchers from Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York, the data produced from BMI measures may grossly underestimate a person’s true fat mass.
Overweight clients are caught in the trap of blaming themselves for their lack of success—all the while resisting taking responsibility for their choices and constantly searching for the next “best” program to come along. Without some key “thinking shifts,” they are destined to keep trying what doesn’t work.
Your overweight clients can free themselves from repeating the same ineffective approach if you help them make three key shifts:
#1. Choose an 80/20 Approach Instead of All-or-Nothingnewsletter_teaser: Overweight clients are caught in the trap of blaming themselves for their lack of success—while constantly searching for the next “best” program. Without some key “thinking shifts,” they are destined to keep trying what doesn’t work.
In another study published in the February 20 issue of the Medical Journal of Australia (2012; 196 , 189–92), researchers explored the prevalence of overweight and obesity among students aged 12–17. They also wanted to understand factors associated with carrying the extra weight.
In a study published in the February 20 issue of the Medical Journal of Australia (2012; 196 , 184–88), researchers looked at pregnancy outcomes among obese and overweight women.
The scientists analyzed data from 75,432 women who gave birth at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, between January 1998 and December 2009. Approximately 32.7% of the women were classified as overweight or obese. The researchers noticed that women with higher body mass indexes (BMIs)—and their children—tended to have more health-related issues than those with “normal” BMIs.
When you’re developing weight loss programs for niche populations, it may be important to understand the role that environment plays in successful outcomes.
One example comes from the Journal of Black Psychology (2012; 38 , 81–103). The study’s primary goal was to determine compliance among 55 overweight or obese African American women entering obesity treatment. For 13 weeks, 36 of the women were involved in a program held in churches; the other 19 attended a program in a university setting. Each woman was weighed and completed a physical fitness test.