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Where one lives matters in relationship between obesity, life satisfaction

A new study suggests that how one compares weight-wise with others in his or her community plays a key role in determining how satisfied the person is with his or her life.

“The most interesting finding for us was that, in U.S. counties where obesity is particularly prevalent, being obese has very little negative effect on one’s life satisfaction,” said study co-author Philip M. Pendergast, a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. “In addition, we found that being ‘normal weight’ has little benefit in counties where obesity is especially common. This illustrates the importance of looking like the people around you when it comes to satisfaction with life.”

Titled, “Obesity (Sometimes) Matters: The Importance of Context in the Relationship between Obesity and Life Satisfaction,” the study, which appears in the June issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, focuses on a sample of more than 1.3 million people from across the United States. As part of their study, Pendergast and co-author Tim Wadsworth, an associate professor in the department of sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, evaluated people’s life satisfaction in the context of the county in which they lived and then compared their findings across counties with varying rates of obesity.

“Where obesity is more common, there is less difference among obese, severely obese, and non-obese individuals’ life satisfaction, but where obesity is less common, the difference in life satisfaction between the obese (including the severely obese) and non-obese is greater,” said Pendergast. “In that light, obesity in and of itself, does not appear to be the main reason obese individuals tend to be less satisfied with their lives than their non-obese peers. Instead, it appears to be society’s response to or stigmatization of those that are different from what is seen as ‘normal’ that drives this relationship.”

According to the researchers, before accounting for where people live, severely obese men and women have 29 percent and 43 percent lower odds, respectively, than their non-obese counterparts of reporting that they are “very satisfied” with their lives. However, the story is very different among people in counties where obesity is common. Among men, about 79 percent of the gap in the probability of severely obese and non-obese individuals reporting that they are “very satisfied” with their lives is eliminated if one moves from a county in the 5th percentile for obesity in the U.S. (with an obesity rate of 24 percent) to a county in the 95th percentile (with a rate of 46 percent). In the same scenario among women, the gap is reduced by about 60 percent.

“Although women generally pay a higher emotional cost for being obese, the role of context in moderating the relationship between obesity status and life satisfaction appears to be similar for men and women,” Pendergast said.

Why do women typically pay a higher cost?

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    • ScottHermanFitness
    • May 30, 2014
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    Make sure you watch until the end! Some funny bloopers… well.. not funny
    for me.. I wasn’t too happy.. haha

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    • HaloGTMaster
    • May 30, 2014
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    Rocky push-ups nice good video Scott :)

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    • Josh Lynch
    • May 30, 2014
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    dem abs though bro. cut like a mofo. I noticed no 6 pack but just 4 bulky
    abs…genetics?

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    • RimjobsForEveryone
    • May 30, 2014
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    i did this workout in 1 minute

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    • ScottHermanFitness
    • May 30, 2014
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    • Tom Rich
    • May 30, 2014
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    Must’ve been painful to do 5 rounds if single armed push ups, let alone 3
    more rounds due to mess ups ha.

    Thanks for the video Scott, definitely gonna use this one.

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    • ron davis
    • May 30, 2014
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    there is no way I can do one armed push ups with my old man elbows, can I
    do regular push up instead?

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    • LEVIAHAN
    • May 30, 2014
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    I am now convinced; YOU ARE INSANE !!……… insanely fit that is.

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    • Laith Majeed
    • May 30, 2014
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    I feel like it’s my left arm muscle (bicep) slightly larger than my right
    arm muscle
    And also my left arm bigger and more powerful than the right hand??? I am
    afraid that the bigger muscle left hand over the right
    I ask you to help me because I am very afraid of this case .

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    • calisthenics4ever
    • May 30, 2014
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    Now that’s the definition of intense ladies and gentleman

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    • Samir Suhail
    • May 30, 2014
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    Hey Scott! Today I implemented the reverse barbell curls to my exercise and
    it was amazing, it felt like I never worked on my biceps before. Anyways
    thanks for that, also if you can kindly show me some exercises for traps
    using dumbbells since I’m lacking in that department haha.

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    • Mango mangoson
    • May 30, 2014
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    Now this is quality right here.

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    • ThatOddNerd
    • May 30, 2014
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    Lol… How’s that lawn coming along? 🙂
    

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    • Run Ally Run
    • May 30, 2014
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    I’m gonna incorporate this into my workout!! Wow! You’re seriously awesome
    man.

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    • jonny kilickap
    • May 31, 2014
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    First comment

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    • frblaze2
    • May 31, 2014
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    wtf lol, that is one thing I cannot do… and that destroy my front
    shoulders for some reason, don’t know whats going on

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    • Ricky Raybould
    • May 31, 2014
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    What sort of things do you do for cardio Scott?

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    • John Jackson
    • May 31, 2014
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    and for his final trick… Scot has a cardiac arrest to celebrate his
    completion. 

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    • eSKAone
    • May 31, 2014
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    For the abs: Hold contact between your hands and your forehead, so you
    can’t use shoulders/arms momentum 

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    • Curtis Duquette
    • May 31, 2014
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    Looks fun. Nice high intensity.

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    • Matt Mosley
    • May 31, 2014
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    *Push up to failure video, please :-)*

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    • James
    • May 31, 2014
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    113 of 116 people found the following review helpful
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    Effective but…, April 10, 2012
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    I just tried this prior to workout and it definitely gave me a good energy boost. However, this does contain caffeine in the form of kombucha leaf, green tea leaf, and yerba mate leaf which in my view doesn’t really make this much different than one of those all-natural energy drinks out which rely heavily of caffeine as the primary energy source. Brazier (founder of Vega) mentions in one of his “Thrive” books that caffeine should only be used occasionally because it takes a toll on the body (what he refers to as biological debt) and hence by his own philosophy this is not something that should be taken very often. In fact he even acknowledged this in an interview from nomeatathlete.com:

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    Considering this I’d think there would at least be a mention of the recommended frequency of use on the label. Otherwise I imagine there are many people out there who are going to be taking this before every workout (daily for some) which again goes against Brazier’s own philosophy.

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    • May 31, 2014
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    44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t scoff at the price like I did — WELL worth it, February 28, 2012
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    Marcus T. Brody (Tampa Bay, FL) –

    I was reading solid reviews about this product for awhile, but scoffed at paying $40 for a bottle of it. I ended up finding a single-serving packet at a local health food store for a little under two bucks each, and bought a couple of them to try. I was sold with my first packet. Even more sold with my 2nd one.

    This formula is worth every penny. Basically, you’re going to be paying about $1.40 per workout, but your workout efficiency is more than likely to increase, and can even increase significantly. I’ve woke up in the morning feeling like complete garbage, drank my Vega, and ended up having an amazing workout.

    Note to caffeine sensitive people like myself; this WILL NOT make you jittery in the least. I am extremely caffeine sensitive. I even fly into orbit and get anxiety from a strong cup of green tea, but this formula doesn’t do that at all with me. That was the other reason why I was hesitant to pull the trigger. I’m not into stimulants at all. Even raw cacao stimulates me too much. But this formula, really just gives you ENERGY.

    Stop drinking Jack3d, Red Bull, Monster, and all of that other garbage pre-workout. You’re stimulating and poisoning yourself with those formulas. Vega is made from a health standpoint, and encourages wellness, not ridiculous, fake energy.

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