EYEGLASSES MAKE A FASHION STATEMENT

According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75 percent of adults wear some sort of vision correction. People wear eyeglasses for different reasons. Some people are nearsighted and cannot see objects far away, while other people are farsighted and cannot see objects close by. Eyeglasses offer corrective vision for people who have difficulty seeing.

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT - KENTUCKY HEALTH SOLUTIONS

It is that most wonderful time of the year—no, we are not talking about Christmas. It’s Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Season. Yes, it’s the time of the year when we stress and spend hours on the phone or online shopping for health coverage. The pain of having to shop health coverage, spend hours on the phone or online with one company vs another for our health insurance can be a daunting task. It does not matter if you are on Medicare or looking for your personal insurance, this can be one of the most….

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DO YOU HAVE 20/20 VISION

When you consider what defines healthy eyes, among the criteria is good vision. The American Optometric Association says the term 20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. Visual acuity is usually measured with a Snellen chart. It’s likely everyone has seen the Snellen chart – usually starting with a huge “E,” .....

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Obesity and weight management are the focus of many people’s lives. Recognizing people have struggled for centuries to manage weight, the challenges continue to present problems in the 21st century, and they are getting worse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an annual increase in obesity at the rate of 11 percent for the past five years. Weight-loss products include food, drugs, supplements, services, ingredients, devices, accessories and cosmetics.


Human beings are designed to consume food. They eat to maintain the nutrition necessary for survival. So why is it so difficult to manage or lose weight? Obesity is not just caused by a lack of knowledge or laziness, nor is it an indication of emotional instability.


Several factors play a role in obesity, including genetics, biology and environment.


Each person has to make choices about when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat. In contrast to our ancestors, whose primary task was to seek out any food that would provide energy and nutrients, the choices have become more difficult in today’s world. In Western or Westernized societies in particular, food is cheap and abundant, available through a considerable variety of outlets. In our society, eating is fundamentally a rewarding behavior. The choices we make and how much

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

we consume affects how we feel, thus influencing our moods, emotions and resulting behavior, according to WebMD.


Once we make up our minds to change a bad habit, why do we find ourselves falling back into it? Why can’t we simply make a decision and get on with it? Eating can be triggered even in the absence of hunger or extended beyond satiation (Lowe and Butryn, 2007). Numerous factors are known to determine or guide eating behavior implicitly. For instance, eating may be initiated or prolonged by the presence of other individuals with whom we associate and by their thinking and behavior.


Food choices and consumption are also strongly influenced by environmental factors that include advertising, packaging, emotion, lighting and incentives to buy bigger things. As a consequence, constantly monitoring and self-regulating your eating behavior is necessary in order to eat healthily. The psychology of weight man- agement is in our patterns of thinking and translating that thinking into behavior. We want to eat healthily and enjoy the rewarding aspects of food without falling prey to the loss of control we sometimes experience because of poor choices.  

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

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