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What's Weight Got to Do With It? Why fitness professionals should emphasize exercise-- not weight loss--for their overweight and obese clients.
Jean is a stay-at-home mother of two girls who, like most parents today, leads a very hectic lifestyle. She is attractive, eats a healthy diet and jogs three miles several times a week. But at 5...
We i g h t M a n a g e m e n t : A We i g h t y I s s u e
he World Health Organization estimates that worldwide, 1.2 billion people are overweight. In the United States alone, about one-third of adults ages 20 to 74 are overweight, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. What is the fitness community doing to address this issue? In the 19...
21st Century Fitness Planner
By Gregory Florez
A few years ago during an IDEA conference, a well-respected futurist told several thousand fitness experts that they would be carrying around information about their clients on handheld "computer devices" within 10 years. Among the murmurs in the audience that day were several outright rejections of new technology. First, the futur...
newsletter_teaser: If you think you know obese clients, think again. We talked to obese (and formerly obese) consumers—and the fitness pros who work with them—to find out how they feel, what they think of the fitness industry and how we can better help them become healthy and vibrant.
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Michael R. Mantell, PhD, earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in clinical psychology at Hahnemann Medical College, where he wrote his thesis on the psychology of obesity. He has served as chief psychologist both for Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego and for the San Diego Police Department. In addition to working in private practice, Mantell coaches world-class athletes and fitness enthusiasts for mental and behavioral performance enhancement.
Photography: Courtesy of NBCWhether you love to watch The Biggest Loser or you find it offensive, you have to admit the primetime TV program has been effective in showcasing health and fitness to millions of people around the world.