Many experts acknowledge that burning calories is the way to maintain a healthy weight. According to the July issue of the Harvard Heart Letter, burning an extra 700–2,000 calories a week through some form of dynamic exercise
garners significant health benefits.
media morselsHow much fat can a nation lose in 1 month? The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and the Healthier Families Foundation created the “Get America Fit!” program to help people lose 100,000 pounds in the month of July.
Researchers may have uncovered a seemingly small behavior that could make a big difference in childhood weight gain: starting the day with a simple, ready-to-eat cereal. According to a study in the Journal
In 1999, Philadelphia was rated by Men’s Fitness magazine as the fattest city in the nation. The city’s mayor, John Street, established a special program that motivated the population to lose weight by making lifestyle changes. When IDEA member Bev Brody, who lives in Kauai, Hawaii, heard about Philadelphia’s resolve, she was inspired to do something in her own community.
IDEA member Kim Ruby, a Los Angeles–based personal fitness trainer and yoga instructor, works with many overweight and obese clients who also have various health concerns. While some of her clients are referred by physicians and dietitians with whom she has built professional relationships, many learn about her by word of mouth, not through their doctors. Ruby has often been shocked at how few physicians recommend exercise as a preventive measure.
Liposuction Doesn’t Improve
Metabolic Risk Factors
In their quest to lose weight, more people than ever are turning to cosmetic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 384,000 people opted for liposuction procedures in 2003—a 3% increase from 2002. While liposuction may make people look leaner, a new study in the June 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (2004; 350, 2549–57) indicates it won’t necessarily improve health issues related to obesity.
Youth Fitness Club (YFC) LLC has launched a new website to help improve the health and fitness levels of preteens and teens who are struggling with their weight. Information on the site focuses on behavior modification through nutrition and physical activity, rather than on the latest diet.
Here’s one more reason to dread Monday mornings: Chances are you put on a few pounds over the weekend. According to a University of North Carolina study, most people consume an extra 82 calories each weekend day compared to during the week. That can add up to an extra 13,000 calories—or
31⁄2 pounds—each year! The reasons for the weight gain were attributed to eating out (larger portions) and drinking alcohol more often on weekends.
In a 1984 snapshot taken as he crossed the finish line of a half marathon, 40-year-old Peter Larson looked “lean and mean” at 162 pounds. Now, 20 years later, Larson weighs in at 192 pounds. So what’s changed? For Larson, like millions of aging Baby Boomers who are losing the battle of the bulge, caloric intake no longer matches energy expenditure.