Family criticizing your weight? You might add more pounds

Family criticizing your weight? You might add more pounds

Women whose loved ones are critical of their weight tend to put on even more pounds, says a new study on the way people’s comments affect our health.

Professor Christine Logel from Renison University College at the University of Waterloo led the study, which appears in the December issue of the journal Personal Relationships.

“When we feel bad about our bodies, we often turn to loved ones — families, friends and romantic partners — for support and advice. How they respond can have a bigger effect than we might think,” said Professor Logel, who teaches social development studies.

The study found that women who received a higher number of what the researchers called acceptance messages about their weight saw better weight maintenance and even weight loss than their counterparts who did not receive this positive messaging from their loved ones.

The researchers studied university-age women, a demographic often dissatisfied with personal weight. The team of social psychologists asked the women their height and weight, and how they felt about what they see on the scale. About five months later, they asked them if they had talked to their loved ones about their concerns, and if so, how they had responded. About three months after that, they tracked whether their weight and their concerns about it changed in that time.

“On average, the women in the study were at the high end of Health Canada’s BMI recommendations, so the healthiest thing is for them to maintain the weight they have and not be so hard on themselves,” said Professor Logel. “But many of the women were still very concerned about how much they weigh, and most talked to their loved ones about it.”

Overall, the women in the sample gained some weight over time, which is not uncommon for young adults. But if the women got the message from their loved ones that they look fine, then they maintained or even lost a bit of weight. Women who received comparatively few weight acceptance messages from their loved ones gained almost 4.5 pounds on average, whereas women who received comparatively more weight acceptance messages lost a pound.

The results showed that when women concerned about their weight heard that their loved ones accepted them as they are, they felt better about their bodies, and subsequently they did not gain like other women did.

“Lots of research finds that social support improves our health,” said Professor Logel. “An important part of social support is feeling that our loved ones accept us just the way we are.”

Pressure from loved ones about weight loss was not helpful for women already concerned about it. And it actually led women who weren’t originally concerned about their weight to gain some weight.

“We all know someone who points out our weight gain or offers to help us lose weight. These

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19 Responses to “Family criticizing your weight? You might add more pounds”

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  2. Harry Singh Reply

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  3. KillerDUDE2595 Reply

    I have a six pack at the moment and I’m 14 years old almost 15 how can I
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  4. Edwin Corvera Reply

    someone forgot leg day ? thanks for the vid

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  5. Keo Ochard Reply

    How many sets??

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  6. dennis vargas rodriguez Reply

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  7. Monaliza Saenz Reply

    I’m 12…do u think if I follow this routine for 3 weeks straight…I will
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  8. Roarkethemerciless Reply

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  10. Mason Johnson Reply

    So instead of doing all them mike chang workouts for six pack, just do this
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  11. Austin Hacker Reply

    im 17 years old i just started workin out a few months ago i used to weight
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    i just need to know what i need to do so within a couple of months i can
    see my abs before spring break

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  12. tejasver beeponee Reply

    how many sets do you do normally?

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  13. Michael Webb Reply

    How many reps? How many sets of each exercise? Every day or two days or 3
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  14. Michiel Witting Reply

    I just started working out and I already have the upper 4 abs (out of
    eight) , though the lower 2 are not shaped yet aswell as the sides. What
    exercise would fit best , out the the ones named in this video.
    Thanks in advance!

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  15. Juan Torrez Reply

    How many reps do u do for each workout

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