HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is one of several cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and the blood vessel system. Others include stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease.

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10 COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-loss myths.   Snacking and eating fast food are bad ideas.    Actually, eating small, healthy snacks between meals could help you eat less so you don’t overeat or binge later. Dietitians recommend having five small meals a day, instead of just three. Snacking has a bad rap because of some of the snack choices we make, such as potato chips, cookies, candy and other fattening items.

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FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.

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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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