Posted by: 4pack | September 3, 2008

OMG Update: University Researchers Attack Diets As Hurting Self-Esteem

AS THIS BLOGSITE EVOLVES WE WILL START HIGHLIGHTING CRITICS IN THE MEDICAL AND JOURNALISTIC ESTABLISHMENT THAT ARE PUBLISHING THE HEALTH EQUIVALENT “HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP”….WHEN A STATE LIKE ALABAMA, ONE OF THE MOST OBESE STATES IN THE U.S., WANTS TO START ADDING A SMALL PREMIUM TO OBESE STATE WORKERS HEALTH INSURANCE PAYMENTS TO OFFSET THESE WORKER’S 40% HIGHER HEALTHCARE COSTS, OUT COME THE APOLOGISTS AND ENABLERS….SURE WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHO FUNDS THEIR RESEARCH…DIETING DOES WORK EVERY TIME YOU DON’T EAT MORE THAN YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO….READ THIS STATEMENT BELOW FROM UC DAVIS NUTRITIONIST JUDITH STERN: 

“This is a dreadful, dreadful policy,” (about adding $25 per month to obese state workers health care premiums) said Judith S. Stern, an obesity expert and nutrition professor at University of California at Davis. “Overweight and obese people, especially women, feel that their weight is private, and being weighed at work is like having a prostate exam in the hall. It’s not appropriate.”

Judy Stern, left, and Linda Bacon found that overweight people can make significant improvements without ever stepping on the scales. (Debbie Aldridge/UC Davis photo)

Judy Stern, left, and Linda Bacon found that overweight people can make significant improvements without ever stepping on the scales. (Debbie Aldridge/UC Davis photo)

http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,414861,00.html

LOOKING UP DR. STERN’S WORK AT UC DAVIS YIELDS THIS RESEARCH…ESSENTIALLY EAT WHAT YOU WANT IN ANY QUANTITY AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT BUT TRY TO LISTEN TO YOUR INNER “FULL” BUTTON….

Participants in the non-dieting group were instructed to let go of restrictive eating habits associated with dieting. Instead they were counseled to pay close attention to internal body cues indicating when they were truly hungry or full, and to how the food made them feel.

They also received standard nutritional information to help them choose healthful foods, and participated in a support group designed to help them better understand how culture influences the experience of obese people and to become more accepting of their larger bodies.

In addition, they were encouraged to identify and deal with barriers, including negative self-image, which might get in the way of enjoying physical activity.

The study spanned two years, with each group meeting for 24 weekly treatment sessions and, after that, for six monthly optional support group meetings.

They also attended five testing sessions: at the beginning of the study, halfway through the treatment at 12 weeks, following treatment at 26 weeks, after the support meetings ended at 52 weeks and for follow-up at 104 weeks.

At the testing sessions, factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels were measured. The participants’ levels of physical activity also were evaluated, as were their eating behaviors and attitudes toward weight, body shape and eating.

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