First Lady Michelle Obama wants to change
the way U.S. children eat and play. Disturbed by childhood obesity rates, she has enlisted the help of the White House to launch the Let’s Move campaign. According to a press release, she has gathered support from people in government, medicine, science, business, education and athletics to overcome the childhood overweight/obesity problem. For example, several school lunch suppliers have agreed to
reduce the fat, sugar and salt content of their meals over the next
A popular myth is that there is a specific range of heart rates in which you must exercise to burn fat. Even many cardio machines display a “fat-burning zone” on their panels, encouraging people to exercise in a specific heart rate range. Have you ever wondered if you really have to exercise in a specific heart rate zone to lose fat? And what happens if you venture out of that zone? Jason R.
The more deconditioned people are, the more important it is to get the first few weeks of exercise right. The underlying psychology of obese clients’ beliefs about exercise is as important as the physiology of obesity. Typically, weight loss is the main goal—bordering on an obsession. My exercise programs for this type of client proceed from two main objectives: (1) to use what they already have in order to (2) change their expectations of what they will experience with exercise.
Weight loss can be tricky. You see clients day after day, working their hearts out without achieving any significant results. You know that their exercise program is making them stronger and healthier, but they are disappointed to see no change when they weigh themselves.
If your clients are exercising and adhering to a lean and healthy diet, one thing you might want to ask them about is the timing and frequency of their daily meals. While what we eat is the most crucial component in any healthy food plan, proper meal timing is also something to consider.
Once considered a great danger to health and mortality, smoking will likely pale in comparison to the threat of obesity, according to an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2009; 361 , 2252–60). The article suggests that, if the current obesity trend continues, its disadvantages will “increasingly outweigh the positive effects gained from declining smoking rates.”
Visceral fat is considered the most dangerous type of fat, as it tends to surround vital organs. Individuals with higher amounts of visceral fat are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and heart disease. According to researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, regular exercise can keep visceral fat at bay. The 97 participants were randomly assigned to three groups: aerobic training, resistance training or no exercise. They were also placed on an 800-calorie-a-day diet and lost an average of 24 pounds.
We all know that parents and other role models, such as teachers, can influence a child’s lifestyle and food choices. Until recently little was known about the dietary habits of elementary-school employees, a key target group for improving school nutrition.
As the world continues to be bombarded about the dangers of excess body fat and obesity, more efforts are placed on how to combat them. San Diego State University (SDSU) professor of women’s studies Esther Rothblum is taking a scholarly approach to the problem. According to an SDSU press release, Rothblum has co-edited the first-ever anthology on the subject, called The Fat Studies Reader.
Do you have a client who just can’t seem to maintain a healthy weight? Tell him to toss the tube. Researchers have found that people who lose weight and keep it off have fewer household televisions. A report published in the October issue of Annals of Behavioral Medicine (published online October 22, 2009; doi.10.1007/s12160-009-9135-2) offered insights into the “habits” of successful “losers.” The researchers sifted through surveys of 167 people throughout the United States who had maintained at least a 10% body fat loss for 5 years.