It Happened This Week: The Fat Thin, Body Image, Bungy Jumping & Getting Miz on Ellen

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Ellen show with Mizfit

Here’s “Ellen” having coffee with Miz

Even the thin can be fat, as pointed out in a Mayo Clinic study covered in the Wall Street Journal this week.  “Normal weight obesity” affects almost 30 million Americans, according to the researchers.  Which to me supports the health at every size (HAES) message that it’s our health, not our size, that’s really worthy of our attention.  And even then, fat isn’t necessarily unhealthy.  You can read more about my thoughts on the subject on my post on the body image blog We Are the Real Deal.

On the subject of body image, the blog Weightless shared some tips for improving body image, one thought at a time, from Green Mountain this week.  Gives you a good idea of some of the strategies we discuss in our weekly classes on the subject.

The focus of the Mayo Clinic study mentioned above was fat to muscle ratio.  And as we all know, some of the magic of physical activity is that it builds muscle. More of its magic: It may help us live longer.  Seems physical activity helps preserve the length of our telomeres, tiny caps on the ends of DNA strands that help protect cells.  The longer they are, the “younger” our cells appear to be.  Another notch in the belt for healthy lifestyles!  (P.S.  Last Friday, we alerted you to an article that talked about how omega-3 fatty acids have a similar effect.)

As if we needed it, here’s even more proof that physical activity does us good.  Four different studies out this week showed it helps protect our bodies and minds as we age. If it were a drug, says one expert, “it would be the safest, most effective drug in the universe.”

Talking about physical activity, Mary, our blogger staff participant of last fall, is off enjoying a fabulous adventure in New Zealand.  This week, she actually bungy jumped!  Maybe in my next life….

Finally, the fun and fabulous MizFit is campaigning to get on The Ellen Show. We’re voting yes with this link to her post sharing how she makes the effort fun because it’s all about the journey.  Wise words for living.

Go out there and live this weekend!


7 responses to “It Happened This Week: The Fat Thin, Body Image, Bungy Jumping & Getting Miz on Ellen”

  1. I’ve heard about these telomeres lately. Thanks for the links and great information! I’m happy to report I’m physically active and I take fish oil (I just don’t eat much fish, so the fish oil is my “back up” I guess).

  2. I love that quote about how exercise is “the safest, most effective drug in the universe.” So true!
    .-= Nutrition to kitchen’s last blog post..Winter Mushroom Ragu over Fried Polenta Cakes =-.

  3. Such an AMAZING, ENTERTAINING, & INFORMATIVE Post!!!! Well Done!!! I look forward to more!!
    Love Ya Lots
    Monique

  4. Carla/MizFit says:

    Thanks for the linklove & the amazing company into which you’ve placed me.

    I have to say that my favorite part was, in a way, the closing 😉

    The reminder to get out there and live.
    The implied *unplug* from the computer & celebrate life.

    That’s entirely what my EllenThing is about for me. Living LAUGHING & getting out there.

    Carla

  5. The truth is that some fat is good. Infact there was a research that concluded recently that fat around the hips and thigh is not necessarily a bad thing.

    It is the fat around the trunk i.e belly fat that is bad for your health. If you could have hip and thigh fat without belly fat, then you should be fine. Sadly, you can’t have one without the other.

  6. April says:

    I totally agree that physical activity does the body a lot of good. However since people are so busy with work and other stuff, this always gets neglected.We spend more time sitting in front of the computer or in front of the tv, depriving our body of circulation. This gives way for people to become potato couches. This is the part where the obesity starts to set in.

  7. Leslie Fretzin says:

    Life’s little detours need not take us to bad places. I know that when my food is goes astray, I need to quiet the inner critic and learn from the experience in a non-judgmental way.

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If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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