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The Language of Lifestyle Choice

By Joy Keller | August 31, 2006 |

How do you tell children and teens that they are overweight
or obese? This question is receiving new attention in light of the California Health Interview Survey’s recent results. The statewide review found that of 240 physicians, more than 90% admitted they needed to learn more about skills and strategies for communicating with kids and parents about …

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Weight Loss Not a Good Reason to Exercise

By Joy Keller | June 30, 2006 |

Are any of your female clients or participants exercising solely to lose weight? A recent study out of the University of Michigan indicates that this mindset is detrimental to maintaining a consistent, long-term regime. The study, reported in the journal Sex Roles, found that women who exercise for a body- shape motive, such as wanting to lose weight or to become toned, spend about 40% …

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Low Fat Diets: What’s a Woman to Do?

By Diane Lofshult | April 30, 2006 |

If you are confused about some of the latest scientific findings from the ongoing, large-scale Women’s Health Initiative, welcome to the club! One recent finding, in particular, surprised researchers and consumers alike: Low-fat diets apparently offer no real benefits in ter…

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | February 28, 2006 |

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day will be held April 29, 2006, the last Saturday in April. This global event will include participants in 60 nations and hundreds of cities. Its purpose is to bring media attention to the potential benefits of tai chi and qigong (chi kung) and to publicize the growing body of medical research that substantiates these benefits.
For more information on how…

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And the Diet Winner Is . . .

By Diane Lofshult | January 31, 2006 |

Still fielding questions from clients as to which diet works best in the long term? Here’s some food for thought from the editors of Health magazine, who recently surveyed 1,000 women randomly assigned to one of four popular diets for a 6-month period.
1. Weight Watchers: Came in number one in most categories, most notably as the diet most people stuck with; the plan t…

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Overweight Girls Face Puberty Sooner

By IDEA Authors | October 31, 2005 |

Overweight Girls Face Puberty Sooner

Girls who are overweight or obese may experience puberty sooner than their thinner peers, according to a study in the August 11 online edition of Pediatrics (2005; 116 [2]). The study contests the theory that girls who start their periods at a young age are predisposed to be obese adults.
Researc…

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Weighty Beliefs

By Diane Lofshult | September 30, 2005 |

Fitness professionals have long suspected that a client’s attitude and belief system can make or break any serious attempt to lose unwanted pounds. A recent study on overweight adults, published in the March 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, gives more weight to the power of positive thinking.
With the goal of determining whether person…

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Dying to Be Thin

By Diane Lofshult | April 30, 2005 |

19% = the number of overweight people who would risk death to be thin.
33% = the number of obese people who would risk their life to lose 10 pounds.
4% = the number of normal-weight people who would take that risk to shed 10 pounds.
31% = the number of obese people who would trade up to 5% of their remaining years to be 10% thinner…

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