physical activity and obesity

anonymous asked:

Hi! Some people are happy being overweight, and that's okay. But many people don't feel comfortable being overweight, and being overweight/obese can cause a plethora of health problems. (Of course, weight doesn't determine someone's worth as a person.) What can we do to encourage health while still remaining positive about body image? (I hope I don't offend anyone. I post stuff about healthy bodies occasionally, but I want to be sensitive to others and avoid body-shaming.) Thanks!

Hey - I don’t think this is offensive at all. It’s a very valid question, and I think it’s definitely possible to encourage both physical health along with body positivity

Here’s how:

-We need to start seeing body image and physical health as separate entities. You can love your body and celebrate it’s beauty while still wanting to change aspects of your lifestyle to benefit your physical health. Motivation for exercise and healthy eating should come from a place of self-love and caring for oneself, not from a place of sadness and hating one’s body. 

- Health and weight are not interchangeable. You can be overweight or obese according to BMI standards and nevertheless healthier than someone in the “normal” BMI range. Eating a healthy diet and being physically active are great things to do for your health, and they aren’t necessarily always reflected by a change in your weight. 

-Promoting physical activity for the sake of weight loss is, in my opinion, a mistake for several reasons. Firstly, you can be getting more fit but put on weight due to muscle. Secondly, if someone is being more physically active but not losing weight, they may give up on their exercise plan because they think it’s “not working,” when really exercise has tremendous health benefits independent of weight loss. A similar story is true for nutrition/healthy eating.

If you or anyone else is interested in the health benefits of nutritious eating and physical activity independent of weight loss, you can check out this article I wrote a while back https://ubcmedicaljournal.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/v7i2-commentaries-2.pdf

It goes over how a lot of the things people blame on obesity (eg increased risk of heart disease, etc) are actually tied to physical inactivity and not to obesity itself. Happy reading!

Michelle Obama (b. 1964) is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. With a BA degree in Sociology from Princeton, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a career as a lawyer and city administrator in Chicago, she is one of the most educated and accomplished First Ladies in history.

Throughout her time as FLOTUS she was actively involved in campaigns promoting physical activity and healthy eating, in an effort to tackle the obesity crisis in the US. Other initiatives she led and supported include promoting the arts, helping women achieve a proper work and life balance, and encouraging national service.

anonymous asked:

You can't say doctors have had as little as one day of nutritional study when you have literally had none yet give out dietary advice... I don't know where you get your facts from but it's unsafe to talk science when you don't know it. Doctors do years of study which includes entire courses involving metabolism, physiology & biochem relating to food & the body's response so please don't tell individuals they shouldn't listen to their doctors advice.

You should watch What The Health, it explains a lot about the industrys!

As I said what doctors learn is FUNDED by the meat and dairy industry and they are taught how to prescribe and medicate people with drugs.

Eg. (On average, students received 23.9 contact hours of nutrition instruction during medical school (range: 2–70 h). Only 40 schools required the minimum 25 h recommended by the National Academy of Sciences.

On average, U.S. medical schools offer only 19.6 hours of nutrition education across four years of medical school, according to a 2010 report in Academic Medicine. In a 2016 study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University examined data from 25 family medicine, internal medicine and OB-GYN medical residency programs throughout Ohio: What they found is that these programs averaged 2.8 hours of instruction on obesity, nutrition and physical activity counseling, and only 42 percent of them taught the residents techniques for how to perform health behavior counseling)

Ps I never wrote don’t listen to your doctors advice👍🏼👍🏼

Exercise May Counter ‘Obesity Gene.‘

Let’s face it, genetics play a key role in a person’s ability to maintain a healthy weight. This is why some people stay the same weight regardless of what they eat or how much they exercise, while others struggle to maintain a healthy weight. The good news, however, is that new evidence suggests physical activity could curb the effects of genetic predisposition towards obesity.

According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and University of Copenhagen, physical activity (or lack thereof) affects a person’s ability to maintain a healthy weight, even if that person has the obesity gene.

For the study, researchers analyzed data consisting of more than two and a half million genetic variants in 200,452 adults. All participants were separated into one of two groups: the first group was physically active, while the second group was physically inactive. Researchers then examined the various markers that would indicate obesity, such as waist size, body mass index and hip to waist ratio.

So, what did they find? Researchers discovered that participants with a certain genetic variation known as the FTO gene predisposed them to obesity. However, these participants could counter the effects of the FTO gene by exercising and staying physically active. Participants with the FTO gene were able to reduce their weight gain by approximately 30% through exercise, according to the study.

“In future studies, accounting for physical activity and other important lifestyle factors could boost the search for new obesity genes,” explained Mariaelisa Graff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the lead author of the study. “To identify more genes whose effects are either dampened or amplified by physical activity, we need to carry out larger studies with more accurate measurement of physical levels.

This is a huge news for the countless men and women who struggle to maintain a healthy weight. While genetics plays a key role in metabolism and weight management, this study suggests that exercise may help individuals overcome this genetic obstacle.

Of course, individuals with the FTO gene can further promote a healthy weight by eating the right foods. A good rule of thumb is to base your meals around lean meats, fresh vegetables, fruit and whole grains. For more weight loss and health tips, check out our previous blog posts here at MuscleIntensity.

Bariatric surgery.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgical procedures cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. Bariatric procedures also often cause hormonal changes. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).

Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries make changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat or by reducing the absorption of nutrients, or both. Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries are done when diet and exercise haven’t worked or when you have serious health problems because of your weight.

There are many types of weight-loss surgery, known collectively as bariatric surgery. Gastric bypass is one of the most common types of bariatric surgery in the United States. Many surgeons prefer gastric bypass surgery because it generally has fewer complications than do other weight-loss surgeries.

Still, all forms of weight-loss surgery, including gastric bypass, are major procedures that can pose serious risks and side effects. Also, you must make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of bariatric surgery.

Keep reading

The Exercise Cost of Soda and Juice

When people think about sugar calories in terms of physical activity, they choose well. By James Hamblin 

What if nutrition labels told people exactly what calories meant, in practical terms? A bottle of Coke could dole out specific exercise requirements. The calories herein, it might say, are the equivalent of a 50-minute jog. The decision to drink the Coke then becomes, would you rather spend the evening on a treadmill, or just not drink the soda?

Some would say that’s a joyless, infantilizing idea. The implication that people can’t understand calorie counts is unduly cynical. Have a Coke and a smile, not a Coke and a guilt-wail. Others would protest on grounds that it’s impossible to make this kind of exercise requirement universal to people of all ages, body sizes, and levels of fitness. Everyone burns calories at different rates. But Sara Bleich, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is not among these people. She describes these labels as her dream.

For the past four years, translating nutrition information into exercise equivalents has been the focus of Bleich’s increasingly popular research endeavor. Her latest findings on the effectiveness of the concept are published today in the American Journal of Public Health. In the study, researchers posted signs next to the soda and juice in Baltimore corner stores that read: “Did you know that working off a bottle of soda or fruit juice takes about 50 minutes of running?” or “Did you know that working off a bottle of soda or fruit juice takes about five miles of walking?” (And, long as those distances and times may seem, they may even underestimate the magnitude of the metabolic insult of liquid sugar.)

The signs were a proxy for an actual food label, but they made the point. They effectively led to fewer juice and soda purchases, and to purchases of smaller sizes (12-ounce cans instead of 20-ounce bottles). Bleich also saw learned behavior; even after the signs came down, the local patrons continued to buy less soda and juice.

“The problem with calories is that they’re not very meaningful to people,” Bleich told me. “The average American doesn’t know much about calories, and they’re not good at numeracy.”

(More from The Atlantic)

snt3dpd  asked:

maybe you should read some actual science before spouting off nonsense about how being overweight isn't unhealthy. I suggest starting with 'Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia - Systematic Review. Melbourne: National Health and Medical Research Council.'

I have, newest studies suggest it isn’t weight at all and in fact sedentary lifestyle. Keep up. Even reading the synopsis for the very thing you linked it doesn’t say that excess weight causes anything, it says it is more likely to correlate. 

  • Sedentary Behavior: Emerging Evidence for a New Health Risk 
  • Stand Up Australia Sedentary behaviour in workers 
  • Objectively Measured Sedentary Time, Physical Activity, and Metabolic Risk The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study
  • Physiological and health implications of a sedentary lifestyle 

Also there are some pretty fun studies about how fat shaming people actually leads to obesity! You should check those out and then learn to be less of an asshole uwu!

kyutea-deactivated20170118  asked:

BMI checkers are almost always wrong. It stands for Body Mass Index and when you do it online it compares your height to your weight and doesnt take things into account like your physical activity or muscle density. Im 4'8" and 115 and it says Im obese. Im not. The only way to get an accurate BMI reading is through your doctor or a personal trainer. They will take into account your actual fat to muscle ratio. Again, ONLINE BMI READINGS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS WRONG!!!