Women, Weight and Wellness on the Web

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2014-02-05-FredericksonHere’s what’s going on with women, weight and wellness this week on the web.

There was a lot of controversy this week around the winner of “The Biggest Loser” and whether she has lost too much weight. Contrary to popular opinion, we can’t tell just by looking at her if she is at her healthy weight, but it’s safe guess to assume anyone who loses 60% of their body weight in just months hasn’t done it healthfully.

What’s worse is that her weight will be under such scrutiny, that if she gains any (which is very likely), self flagellation and disordered eating may very well follow, followed by another extreme diet. And thus begins the cycle….

Marci Warhaft-Nadler, one of our Slim Chance Award judges for Healthy Weight Week, pretty much sums up perfectly why this television show is so dangerous in this article for the Huffington Post. And this article may not be new, but Yoni Freedhoff explains beautifully how The Biggest Loser stacks the cards against its contestants by destroying their metabolisms.

In other news, we’re entering the second week in February. If you are plugging away at your New Year’s resolution, and getting frustrated because you aren’t seeing progress, Too Much on Her Plate offers advice on what do do when you are disappointed with your results.

There have been a few videos making their way around the web this week featuring larger women who are very, very good dancers. It’s encouraging and inspiring to see these women shake their groove thang. Looks like they have found a form of movement that they truly love. Check out this video and this one, too.

And last, but not least, one of our favorite bloggers, Sally at Already Pretty, posted a great article on using style as self care. Following our recent post on the Daily Essentials, it’s one to consider.

Let us know if you have any thoughts on these articles!

 

 

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  • Harriet Krivit says:

    Hated, yes strong word…”The Biggest Loser” program and concept from the get-go. Felt such compassion for the contestants. All were treated to pretty much the same program even though
    the dynamics of their struggles were unique just as they were. Pleasure went out the window. Reminded me of boot camp for Marines. Punishment and then what about the rest of your life? Without someone screaming at you even as you threw-up. There are and always will be exceptions and success with any weight loss system in achieving a desired size and weight. Every program can exhibit and applaud a new found happiness and relief of now being part of the accepted and attractive public. Sadly often temporary AND a huge and misleading waste of time.

  • Lisa Christie says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more, Harriett. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to health and weight. Unfortunately, The Biggest Loser focuses on weight loss at all costs, and doesn’t take into account the different needs of its contestants, or their health at all for that matter.

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