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
… Continue reading here.
Diet And Weight Loss News — Sciencedaily
— Courtesy “Science News Daily” (ScienceNewsDaily.com)
Concurso Garota Fitness – 18-05-2014 Pânico Na Band.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
EatSmart Products Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale, 1 ea
Tracking Your Goals has Never Been Easier! Measuring functions: body fat, total body water, muscle mass bone mass 5 Proprietary automatic user identification technology; stores personal data for up to 8 users 3 EatSmart step-on technology – get instant readings with no tapping to turn on! 1 Large 3.5 Blue LCD display with white backlight – easy to read 2 400 lb. capacity 9 Auto calibrated; auto power-off 10 Runs on 4 AAA batteries 8 Product dimensions: 12.5 x 12.5 x 1 6 Product weight: 4.5 lbs. 7 Finish: glass The EatSmart Precision GetFit is not your ordinary bathroom scale as it can quickly and easily measure weight, body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass using our new ITO BIA technology. This scale is perfect for individuals who are serious about taking control of their health. BIA technology allows you to easily calculate your body fitness b
Price: $ 99.95
Sold by drugstore.com
QKR00167 – Propel Fit Water Beverage
Quench your thirst with this zero-calorie; vitamin-charged flavored beverage. Great after a workout; but also satisfying at home or the office. Convenient plastic bottle is easy to tote in gym bag; lunch case and backpack.
List Price: $ 44.45
Price: $ 44.45
You Can Help Your Child Get More Exercise By Following These 5 Tips
Does your child get enough exercise? You can get your children more active with these 5 fun parenting tips.
Better Health in Four Steps
In just four steps, you can improve your health for the better and this article will show you how. The steps below are bite-sized nuggets of health information you can actually use to live a healthy life. Here we go… Nutritional supplements are the first step As far as I’m concerned, they are very important […]
Top 4 Nutrition Predictions in the New Year
Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past — legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don’t be a victim. Get a jump-start on […]
5 Ways to Feel Good While Getting Fit
Setting intentions is a powerful thing. Then when you have that shiny new gym membership in hand, you feel like nothing stands between you and your goals to get in shape once and for all. Trouble is, lack of motivation, unpreparedness and busy schedules have a way of interfering with our plans. If you find […]