Deconditioned people who feel overwhelmed by the idea of starting an exercise and diet program can be confident that small steps do matter. A study finds that overweight, sedentary adults who are not dieting can stop future weight gain by participating in moderate exercise. The study, published in the January issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, included 120 overweight men and women between the ages of 40 and 65.
Unconditional love can be dangerous if it prevents parents from acknowledging and acting on a child’s weight problem. According to British researchers doing a long-term diabetes study in 54 schools in Plymouth, England, some parents are turning a blind eye to obesity.
According to a study in the December 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, children can reduce their body fat by 0.4% by simply adding one 8-ounce glass of skim milk or an 8-ounce serving of yogurt to their existing daily calcium intake. Doing so is also likely to decrease kids’ daily consumption of carbonated beverages. The researchers recommended that “attempts to increase dietary calcium focus on low-fat, calcium-rich foods.”a breakfast
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Proving that anybody can threaten to sue anybody over anything, a Wisconsin man recently sued his cable company for the 50 pounds his wife allegedly gained by watching too much TV. In addition to monetary awards, the suit (which was later dropped) asked for a lifetime supply of free Internet service from Charter Communications!
Responding to Americans who oppose holding restaurants legally liable for obesity, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act (called the “Cheeseburger Bill” by some) in March. The bill is meant to protect restaurants and food service companies from litigation.
The only person responsible for obesity is the one lifting the fork to her mouth. In the case of children, however, parents should be teaching and enforcing good eating habits at home.
My clients’ lives are so packed with obligations at home and work that eating becomes a necessary inconvenience or “stress reliever.” Trying to eat right causes them more stress!
As a plus-size person, are you curious to try yoga but convinced it won’t work for your body? The good news is you can benefit from yoga’s positive physiological and psychological effects. Practicing yoga can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways for you to become healthy, build confidence and self-esteem, and sometimes achieve weight loss.
governmentPrograms aimed at helping prevent childhood obesity got a big boost when the U.S. Senate passed the Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act (IMPACT) last December. The bill aims at reducing obesity, particularly among children and adolescents, by encouraging better nutrition and more physical activity.
Metabolic syndrome is a collection of health risks that increase an individual’s chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These health risks include excessive fat tissue in the abdominal area, glucose intolerance, unhealthy cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome is closely associated with insulin resistance. Also known as “syndrome X,” the condition is often seen in seniors and those who are overweight.