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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.
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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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People Are Talking About . . .

By Joy Keller | February 28, 2005 |

. . . Cardio Canine, a hands-free harness and dog leash “for an active lifestyle”; . . . Weight Watchers On-the-Go™, a program for Palm-based devices that synchronizes with online weight management services; . . . facial acupuncture, a popular new alternative to Botox® injections and plastic surgery; . . . the InSync Sentr…

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Pooches Help Purge Pounds

By Diane Lofshult | February 28, 2005 |

A novel study involving people and their dogs found that buddying with Buddy may increase your chance of losing weight. Sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the People and Pets Exercising Together (P-PET) study observed humans and their canine companions over a 12-month perio…

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food after fifty

By Kristine Clark, PhD, RD | August 31, 2004 |

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.

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Emotions & Weight Gain

By Cathy Cohen, MA | May 31, 2004 |

Women’s midlife challenges.Bernadette is a sensitive, successful but overworked 56-year-old client of mine. When she came to me 2 years ago, she was emotionally distraught and desperate to change her body, her energy level and her outlook on life. In addition to holding a demanding job, she was struggling with the onset of menopause. Hot flashes continually interrupted her sleep, and her workaholic behavior left little time to relax.

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Understanding The Female Athlete Triad

By Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS | April 30, 2004 |

With Olympic gold in her sights, gymnast Christy Henrich trained over several years with a goal of achieving contender status on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team. But then a judge at a national competition told the 95-pound Henrich that if she expected to win Olympic gold, she would have to lose weight—“advice” that eventually…

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Optimal Eating

By Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD | October 31, 2003 |

A registered dietitian is your best friend when it comes to suggesting dietary changes to your clients, but you can help them stay nourished around their sessions. Clients’ nutrition goals are as varied as their exercise programs. The chart on page 59 offers ideas that will produce optimal effects before, during and after your clients’…

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