Many fitness professionals employ behavior change strategies to help clients drop fat. However, according to researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, lifestyle improvements are more effective when the focus is on upgrading neurobehavioral processes.
Looking at her, you probably wouldn’t guess that newly crowned Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce ever struggled with her weight. The truth is that in the 3 years before winning the crown, she carried an extra 110 pounds of body weight. As a teenager, Boyce topped out at 234 pounds. During a routine medical appointment, her family physician warned her about knee and joint problems due to her excessive weight. “I wanted to be a Broadway star and go to college and have a family one day,” the pageant winner told ABCNews.com. “My weight was hindering all those things.
If obesity trends continue, by 2030 nearly half of all Americans will be obese, say authors of a report published in The Lancet (2011; 378, 815–25). The researchers used a “simulation model” to predict health and economic outcomes associated with growing waistlines in the United States and the United Kingdom. “These trends project 65 million more obese adults in the U.S. and 11 million more obese adults in the U.K.
Since 1980, global obesity has more than doubled. Sixty-five percent of the world’s people now live in countries where overweight and obesity cause more deaths than underweight. In 2010, nearly 43 million children below the age of 5 were overweight (WHO 2011). In spite of global awareness and isolated attempts to face this crisis head-on, the fact remains that our kids are fat and getting fatter.
Obesity is preventable. If we don’t help our children find their way out of the downward spiral of obesity, what will their world be like when they grow up?
Weight problems may be all in your head—or at least in your brain, according to an emerging body of brain-imaging work and related research on cravings, overeating and addictive responses to food. Daniel Amen, MD, one of the world’s best-known neuropsychiatrists, has worked with tens of thousands of patients from 90 countries for more than 20 years and has recently gathered results and insights related to the brain-fat connection in his best-selling book, The Amen Solution: The Brain Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Keep It Off (Crown 2011).
Pilates instructors working with an overweight clientele are passionate about their work. As with any special population, there needs to be a deep sense of compassion and understanding, great patience and a willingness to shift one’s approach to meet a client’s needs. Instructors must walk their talk by staying grounded and being present and attentive during their work; they must also create an energetic connection to clients that assures them they are safe.
newsletter_teaser: Pilates instructors working with an overweight clientele are passionate about their work. As with any special population, there needs to be a deep sense of compassion and understanding, great patience and a willingness to shift one’s approach to meet a client’s needs.
In the July–August issue of IDEA Fitness Journal, we listed the top five most fit and active states in the nation. This month we present another list—from the other end of the spectrum. This list comes from the eighth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 report and is developed by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to the report, 16 states saw a significant increase in obesity rates; 12 states have adult obesity rates over 30%.
Plenty of headlines lately have warned about the risks of frequent and extensive periods of sitting. Here’s another risk to add to the list: a connection between sedentary behavior and pulmonary embolisms—blockage of the main artery of the lung—among women. The researchers followed 69,950 female nurses for 18 years, with the subjects completing biennial surveys on lifestyle habits, such as amount of time spent sitting. The scientists discovered that 49% of respondents sat between 11 and 40 hours per week and 22% sat for 41 hours or more.
Here’s another bit of news to help encourage overweight men to drop the extra pounds. A link has been found between excess weight in 18-year-old males and increased risk of cancer-related death later in life. The Harvard Alumni Health Study cohort involved 19,593 males who had had physical examinations when they were 18. The men then submitted follow-up questionnaires at age 45, with a final vital status follow-up at a maximum of 82 years. After analyzing the data, researchers learned that 2,395 of the men had died of some form of cancer.
Willy Wonka is dancing a jig with the Oompa Loompas and the rest of the candy industry.
A controversial new study from Louisiana State University published in the peer-reviewed Swedish journal Food & Nutrition Research (2011) showed that kids and adolescents who ate candy were significantly less likely to be overweight or obese.