Survival Guide For Holiday Parties

Written by Kim Beardsmore

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If you have been watching your weight all year, you certainly won't want to add backrepparttar pounds duringrepparttar 131414 holiday season! By making a commitment to yourself and your health, with these tips it will be possible to enjoyrepparttar 131415 holiday celebrations without adding extra pounds.

1.Don't think diet, rather think about eating smarter.

2.Before attending a party, have a small high quality, nutritionally balanced meal. That way you will be less likely to be hungry and fill up on snack foods served with drinks.

3.While at a party, determine to hold your drink in your dominant hand all evening. This will make it a little less convenient to reach for food.

4.Think of one daily indulgence, rather than a 'day of indulgence'.

5.Before attending a party resolve to snack only from fresh fruit and vegetable choices.

Does It Matter If You Are Overweight?

Written by Kim Beardsmore

Everywhere we look inrepparttar western world we are inundated with pictures, images, icons and inferences ofrepparttar 131412 'perfect' female shape! The truth is that many of these images are altered or enhanced in some way and do not depictrepparttar 131413 typical female form. The pressure to lose weight is immense when we are bombarded every day with media selling products based on slimness, sex appeal and fashion. The constant message is that slimness will make you desireable.

Withrepparttar 131414 current demographic trends in western countries, and faced with a sea of high fat, high sugar combined with physical inactivity; it is time to pay attention to our weight but not for any reasons of desirability. The most important reason for wanting to be a healthy body weight is for health rather than for how your body looks.

Overweight and obesity are major public health problems in western countries. Sincerepparttar 131415 1980s both adult men and women have become heavier, with obesity rates more than doubling inrepparttar 131416 last 20 years! Children are also becoming heavier. There is a growing concern that we are inadvertently training our overweight children to become obese adults. It has been said, we are digging our graves with out teeth! So just why should we be concerned with achieving a healthy body weight?

Overweight linked with diabetes.

In January 2003,repparttar 131417 Journal ofrepparttar 131418 American Medical Association featured two studies that highlightedrepparttar 131419 topic of obesity and its impact on health. The first study focused onrepparttar 131420 relationship between obesity and diabetes, as well asrepparttar 131421 growing concern of diabetes inrepparttar 131422 U.S. betweenrepparttar 131423 years 2000 and 2001. The numbers don't look good, with an alarming 5.6% increase of obesity in both men and women-from all ethnic groups, age ranges and educational levels. The occurrence of diabetes also increased-up 8.2% from 2000.

Overweight linked with premature death.

The second study found that obesity appears to markedly lessen life expectancy, especially among young adults. The researchers compared Body-Mass Index (BMI) to longevity and found a correlation between premature death and higher BMIs. For example, a 20-year-old white male, 5'10" weighing 288 pounds with a BMI of greater than 40 was estimated to lose 13 years of his life as a result of obesity. Findings were similar for women with higher BMIs, who were estimated to lose an average of eight years. While these studies reference extreme levels of obesity, there are still millions of overweight people in developed countries with a life expectancy rate that is three to five years less than their healthy-weight counterparts. Overweight linked with heart disease.

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