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Looking beyond poor eating habits and a couch-potato lifestyle, a group of researchers has found a new culprit in the obesity epidemic: the American workplace.
A sweeping review of shifts in the labor force since 1960 suggests that a sizable portion of the national weight gain can be explained by declining physical activity during the workday. Jobs requiring moderate physical activity, which accounted for 50 percent of the labor market in 1960, have plummeted to just 20 percent.
The remaining 80 percent of jobs, the researchers report, are sedentary or require only light activity. The shift translates to an average decline of 120 to 140 calories a day in physical activity, closely matching the nation’s steady weight gain over the past five decades, according to the report, published Wednesday in the journal PLoS One.
Today, an estimated one in three Americans are obese. Researchers caution that workplace physical activity most likely accounts for only one piece of the obesity puzzle, and that diet, lifestyle and genetics all play important roles.
I posted this article because I remember the time when Ally Mcbeal was on the air and all the magazines and media focus on these ladies and the publicity they got for their looks. It really influenced a lot of women out there at the time. It’s so interesting that these are the things we put up on pedestals only to find out that it was a lie in many so many ways — particularly and importantly – towards health. Can you even imagine limiting yourself to 300 calories a day!!!???
This week in People Magazine, I read about Olympic Champion Amanda Beard who also struggled with an eating disorder to reach peak performance/perfection. Goes to show you –nothing you see or read about should be taken at face value. Women who seem perfect from a media perspective are NOT. No one is -no matter how much money, fame, power you have — Just look at those Housewives — I wouldn’t trade what I have for their lives. Most of them seem really lonely and disconnected.
So next time you look at a magazine cover, watch a news program, see a story on the Internet – make sure you consider it with the knowledge that the grass is not greener for those people — it’s called Photoshop, starvation, denial — I am sure you can come up with a few choice words as well….
Portia de Rossi is a skinny lady, anyone who watched the last two seasons of ‘Arrested Development’ or has seen her on the red carpet with wife Ellen DeGeneres knows that. But back in the 1990s when she launched her career in the United States with a role on ‘Ally McBeal,’ the actress was struggling daily with anorexia, an affliction that once brought her weight down to 82 pounds.
The 5’8” actress, who currently weighs in at 168 pounds, tells ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Monday that her eating disorder emerged after she moved from Australia to Hollywood right before landing the ‘McBeal’ role. She says that at one point she was eating a mere 300 calories a day.
I read this post this morning: Experimenting with Scale Purgatory about taking a break from the scale. Isn’t it funny the relationship some of us have with the scale? It’s crazy if you think about it — it’s not rational. It’s a number that has so much power over us.
And what I find so interesting about this topic is how we all approach it differently and it’s all based on personal history. Did you grow up with a healthy relationship with food and weight? Did you learn balance and moderation?
I do not own a scale, never have. My trainer forces me to weigh in every week — I purposely do not look at the number. In fact, to ensure that I don’t even accidentally see it — I put my hand over it. Its very frustrating for me knowing that a number has so much power over me that it can affect how I feel about myself for the week.
Last year there was one time where I did look at it after working very hard on modifying my diet and working out super hard all week — and sure enough the scale was UP! UP – how could that be? It was not logical, it was not possible — but there it was in black and gray digital blocks on the wall of my trainer’s facility. And how did I react? Like any normal woman I know — I was frustrated, upset, angry, felt like a failure, felt FAT and it affected not only my workout that morning – but my entire psyche.
The next day my friend Connie B said to me before boot camp — ‘if i see you even beginning to glance up at that scale again, I will take you down’. She recognized that all it took to set me back was to see that number — I have never tried to look at the scale again! Mostly in fear that Connie B will truly take me down. That would hurt more than I could imagine so I will leave it at that.
Do I sometimes want to know what it says? Yes – but I have learned it’s not a healthy way to approach being healthy and fit for me. My trainer will tell me if I am up or down lbs but the overall number – I don’t know. I know that it’s the best way for me to stay on track and positive about my whole journey. Mikey my trainer doesn’t agree with me on it though. He asks how will I know if I am making progress — I have many other ways to tell.
- I feel better overall – no more random back pain
- I look better than I have ever looked and that’s not just my personal opinion
- I am down 3 sizes — I had worn the same size for years and now I am 3 down from that. That is a sign of progress that you can’t ignore
- Friends & Family notice – an ongoing joke that I hear is ‘you work out? I had no idea’ because everyone knows how much work I put into it.
- People ask me fitness/health advice – they see the change and want to do the same
What’s a number anyway? I am not saying it’s not a good indicator of health and progress, but there are many factors that go into being healthy and fit. You can have a body type that is more solid so you will never be in the ideal range that you have in your head — it’s just not reality. My doctor said to me one time while holding up a pencil — you will never be pencil thin – it’s not how you are built. I remind myself that I have to be the best I can be. Also – another point is that while I wear a very small size pants — I have no hips. Many of my friends wear a bigger pant size although no one would ever think for a moment that they are overweight or out of shape, simply because they have a different body shape – they have hips. We can only fight nature so much.
When I do get down on myself — Mel from The Clothes Make the Girl once said to remind yourself that — ‘you are not that number on the scale’ — or another thing that I remind myself about I am not that roll of fat that I see. I am sure we all have things to add to that statement —