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It seems like women tend to take dieting to a new level. We never seem to be happy with how we look and unfortunately it has a lot to do with peer pressure and the media.
Lets face, it most women that diet dont even need to lose weight. But we still do it, and unfortunately it becomes a see-saw effect. Frequent dieting is a short term solution that can lead to long term health problems.
Dieting is now a massive global industry, with diet plans, books, courses and products making billions in revenue, and with most of the buyers of those products being women. Have you noticed that advertising campaigns for these products are directed at women 9 times out of 10?
What is scary is that on any given day about half of all American women (and girls) are on a diet which explains why most individuals with eating disorders are women.
According to doctors an ideal weight would be inside the healthy weight range for women as defined by the Body Mass Index a BMI between 19 and 24.9. Research indicates that having a BMI over 28 or being substantially overweight (more than 20 lbs) will raise the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), infertility as well the serious combination of insulin resistance and cardiovascular conditions.
Taking all of the above into consideration, we as women need to be happy in our own skin. We need to stop comparing ourselves with others, and learn to adapt to our own bodies. Lets face it as we age our metabolism will change and we wont be able to eat chocolate like we did in our teen years, without repercussions, but that doesnt mean that we need to take dieting to an extreme.
Eating sweets in moderation and treating ourselves is not a crime. It is up to us to change our lifestyles and choose foods that will not make us feel good but that are also good for us. We all know what type of foods those are, so I dont have to list them. We need to make a conscious effort to eat right, eat less fatty foods, stay away from fast foods
and enjoy life to the fullest.
Posted by Dr. Mommy Health Tips on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 12:21 pm Filed under Featured, Health · Tagged with diet plans, dieting, Dr. Mommy, obesity, weight loss, women and dieting
Easy to say, hard to do, especially when your cardiologist is ragging on you to get the last 20 pounds off.
Our society is full of dichotomies. We have a multi-billion dollar diet industry, and a media that goes off on female celebrities for looking normal.
But we also have a society that talks about big and beautiful.
The sad thing is that ultimately diets dont work. Theyre unsustainable you lose weight but then you go back to your old eating patterns and put the pounds right back on. The only thing that really sticks, like you said, is making lifestyle changes.
diets dont always equal the same foods day in and out lifestyle changes are the key as you say and also the way to change the bad habbits. i am enjoying your articles great insight for me thanks
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