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Really Interesting Fat Article.

This is one of the most interesting articles I've read about Fat in a while. I'll have to look for the movie they talk about because it sounds interesting. And it's nice to know some of the things that I've known just about myself for a long time is finally being acknowledge by some doctors - that diet and exercise do not a skinny person make.

http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/108513/?page=entire

The yearlong study of 62 women ages 24 to 55 encouraged them not to diet but to take part in exercise classes. They were required to do four hours a week of exercise such as tai chi, aqua aerobics or circuit classes. The program also included educational sessions teaching the women how to read food labels as well as behavioral therapy to help the women respond to body cues such as hunger and feeling full. But the women were encouraged to eat whatever they wanted, in moderation.

The women who took part in the study all had a Body Mass Index over 30, which is classed as clinically obese. After a year, the average participant had lost very little weight.  But the women were significantly fitter and happier with themselves. Blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol fell, and respiratory fitness increased. The women also felt better in terms of general well-being, body image, self-perception and stress. 

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kakita_shisumo
Dec. 5th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
I can't help thinking, "Well sheesh, Amy could have told them that."
cherith
Dec. 5th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Seriously. It's something a lot of people have known for a long time, but it seems like it's actually gaining some actual medical acceptance. Which is so backwards...
shadowfell
Dec. 5th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Right up there with autoimmune diseases and migraines. :P
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