Do you have clients who suffer from migraines? A recent study claims to link high body mass index (BMI) with the painful
condition. The researchers measured BMI
in 22,211 people, who were asked whether they suffered from migraines or severe headaches. According to the findings, those respondents who were aged 20–55 and had larger waistlines were more likely to develop migraines. Women had a greater likelihood
Obese women thinking of becoming pregnant may want to make body composition improvements prior to conceiving, suggests recent research. A study published in the February 11 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (2009; 301, 636–50) highlights an increased prevalence of congenital birth defects among children of obese mothers.
Michele is in her early 40s and, at 5 feet 7 inches, weighs approximately 265 pounds. She started Pilates for weight management, balance, core training and overall fitness, and became an instant fan. “I love the quiet strength it builds in my body through very subtle motions, but at the same time the workout is as tough as nails,” she says. “The more advanced I become, [the more I find] there’s another layer to address. As I lose weight, it becomes even more challenging as I continue to connect with my body.”
The work of Joseph Pilates was developed more than 80 years ago during a time when the population was made up of far fewer obese individuals. Today we have a chance to reach out to this population and apply Pilates techniques and principles to a demographic that desperately needs to be introduced to the powerhouse.
The scale of obese versus overweight people in the United States has tipped toward obesity. A recent report produced by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 4,356
respondents has determined that 34.3% of U.S. adults aged 20 and over are obese, while slightly fewer (32.7%) are overweight. The 2005–2006 study also found that 5.9% of the population
is considered “extremely obese.”
New York State schools outside New York City have joined the fight against childhood obesity.
In response to state legislation passed in 2007, students will
be required to obtain a student health certificate provided by
a doctor before beginning the school year. Doctors must then send the information to schools, which will help officials evaluate obesity based on geographic
location. First-time students, as well as those entering second, fourth, seventh and 10th grades, will participate in the mandatory screening.
Need another carrot to help clients achieve weight loss success? Especially considering the tumultuous economic environment, a financial “stimulus” plan may offer that extra incentive needed to enhance fitness motivation. A study published in the December 10, 2008, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (300 , 2631–37) found that monetary incentives can help exercisers fast-track short-term weight loss goals.
Have you ever been asked by a client if vitamins work? Two new studies have raised doubts among nutrition experts as to whether vitamins can protect against cardiovascular disease (CVD) or reduce the risk of certain cancers. Both studies involved large demographic groups that were closely monitored during long-term, randomized clinical trials.
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 ...