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?