Weight Gain = Poor Quality of Life

Written by Michael Lewis

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Weight Gain = Poor Quality of Life ------------------------------------------ Gaining up to 20 pounds over four years can significantly decrease quality of life, according to a study inrepparttar 141197 Dec. 8 issue ofrepparttar 141198 Journal ofrepparttar 141199 American Medical Association.

The study asked over 40,000 women to rate their ability to perform simple tasks, their experience with bodily pain, and their overall vitality duringrepparttar 141200 study period to determine how weight gain or loss affects quality of life.

Weight Gain Increased Feelings Of Bodily Pain ---------------------------------------------- The study found that a weight gain of 5-20 pounds resulted in decreased physical functioning and lower overall feelings of vitality. Weight gain also increased feelings of bodily pain.

"We asked simple questions about lifting and carrying groceries, climbing flights of stairs, and their experience with a range of basic functions of daily life," Harvard University assistant professor of medicine Ichiro Kawachi, MD, tells WebMD. The women were asked 36 questions that rated their abilities on a scale from 0 to 100.

"We found that weight gain was amongrepparttar 141201 strongest predictors of declining physical function, stronger than current smoking," says Kawachi, who co-authoredrepparttar 141202 study along with a team of Harvard researchers. "We also found that even with women who started out at a normal range of weight, a moderate gain of 5-19 pounds was still associated with a decline in functioning and energy level."

The study also found that while weight gain and loss were associated withrepparttar 141203 worst and best quality of life scores, it found that among women who maintained their weight, quality of life remained high.

Fat Is A Self-Inflicted Disease

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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The biggest, most lavish buffets inrepparttar world attractrepparttar 141177 biggest, most expansive people. "All you can eat" takes on a whole new meaning when you realize just how much some people can consume at a single sitting. Most remarkable wasrepparttar 141178 sight of a dutiful wife bringing a piled up platter torepparttar 141179 table for a husband who was obviously way too fat to stand in line on his own.

That picture was rather unusual in thatrepparttar 141180 wife was about normal weight. It seems that in most cases,repparttar 141181 woman isrepparttar 141182 humungous one, waddling throughrepparttar 141183 casino in her big-as-a-tent shorts, followed by a skinny, wiry guy who looks, at best, disinterested in life.

Of course, it is harder for women to lose weight, courtesy of nature's trick of a small frame coupled with sinister hormonal influences. But in our society, where pretty girls and sex sell everything, women tend to be so much more weight conscious.

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