It Happened This Week: What Really Matters When It Comes to Our Health


It’s so encouraging to see more articles like this one being written these days.  Check out “Is Our Obsession with Weight Misguided? Here’s What Really Matters When It Comes to Good Health” for a great review of the real issues to focus on when it comes to taking care of ourselves.

What’s not so encouraging is to see evidence of the kinds of problems weight obsession is creating.  A new study reported this week in the journal Personality and Individual Differences showed that even women who appear to have no issues with eating and body image show brain changes that suggest a fear of getting fat.  One big but often unrecognized problem with that: A lot of time, attention and energy is devoted to the fear, and that’s time, attention and energy that could be spent in much more productive endeavors.

Another study out this week clearly shows how our thinking can affect our behaviors.  Researchers gave college students a chocolate-raspberry protein bar, but told some of the students it was a health bar and others it was a yummy chocolate bar.  Those who ate it as a health bar rated themselves hungrier after finishing it than those who thought they were eating a chocolate bar.

Finally, a bit of good news on the horizon.  Sorta good, that is.  Looks like one of the nation’s largest health insurers is teaming up with the YMCA to provide lifestyle coaches for people with type 2 diabetes.  The good news, obviously, is that insurance companies may be moving to support preventive healthcare.  The bad news, which comes to me secondhand but from a trusted source, is that this particular program may be more of the same — fat phobic, focusing on size and not on health.

I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend, spent spring cleaning my home.  What’s on your agenda?

2 responses to “It Happened This Week: What Really Matters When It Comes to Our Health”

  1. Thanks for the great info! It’s such a shame that fear of fat and a focus on size are so ingrained in our society. And I agree with you, that the time and energy spent on fearing food and fat could be put to better use, like on developing healthy, enjoyable habits. It’s really sad. I’m happy that we have blogs like yours, though! 🙂

    I’ll probably continue organizing a bit, too. I’ve been organizing and cleaning up every weekend, and still there seems to be no end in sight. However, I enjoy getting closer and closer to almost being clutter-free. 🙂 Have a great weekend, Marsha!
    .-= Margarita Tartakovsky’s last blog post..The Last Supper: The Meal Before Your Diet Begins =-.

  2. love2eatinpa says:

    thanks for the link to the article by ms. bacon. she definitely brings up some interesting points. it seems overwhelming to change the way our society thinks, i only hope that it can happen in my lifetime.

    happy de-cluttering! my weekend consists of watching my son play soccer and baseball, with a (much needed) date night thrown in with my husband.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

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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