When it comes to trends in body weight, there are no easy answers.
A new study by by Vanderbilt University researchers reveals new nuances in the links between a person’s weight and the socioeconomic status of the people close to them, and suggests that gender plays a significant role in that relationship. The study, Does Your Body Know Who You Know? Multiple Roles of Network Members’ Socioeconomic Status for Body Weight Ratings, appears online in the Journal of Sociological Perspectives. (my emphasis)
Though in the West high socioeconomic status is associated with slenderness, the relationship between status and weight is actually more nuanced than that. Using nationally representative data from the 2004 U.S. General Social Survey, Lijun Song, professor of sociology, and graduate students Philip Pettis and Bhumika PiyaSong analyzed the relationship between an individual’s weight as measured by a visual evaluation, the socioeconomic status of the people they’re close to as measured by their educational attainment, lifestyle as measured by self-reported athleticism, and gender.
While Song and her colleagues found no direct link between an individual’s weight and the socioeconomic status of their personal network, they did find an indirect one through lifestyle. Continue reading
The aim of this blog is to eat right, exercise regularly and live past 100 with a fully functioning brain. I just ran across a fascinating survey done last year by AARP. I thought it had some very useful information that coincides with things I have written for this blog.
AARP conducted a survey among adults age 18 and over to understand the link between healthy behaviors and mental well-being. This study also sought to determine what motivates engagement in brain-healthy behaviors and which behaviors they are likely to adopt.
Key findings include:
• Mental well-being scores increase with age. Those age 54 and older have higher than average mental well-being scores (assessed on the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale). Mental well-being is low during middle age but, after midlife, it markedly improves. Continue reading
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Oh wait, I did.
One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100
I hope this edible Christmas tree will give you healthy ideas about your eating this holiday season and in the coming year.
While you are thinking about it, don’t forget that you need to exercise, too. You won’t be exercising just to burn calories. Exercise benefits your brain and body in many ways. Check out the exercise tags at the right to read further on this.
I hope you will enjoy all the benefits of good food and exercise! Eat less; move more; live longer. Healthy eating is healthy aging and we all want that. Okay, we seniors are more aware of it than you younger folk, but keep at it and you will come realize and appreciate it too.
Best wishes for this holiday season!
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I have written it previously and I will repeat it: I love it when the news meets my bias. This week Jen Murphy wrote in the Wall Street Journal about three time world chess champion Magnus Carlsen and his training. Think about it, nothing is less physical and more cerebral than a game of chess, right? Yet, Mr. Carlsen says, “… he believes a healthy diet and physical training are crucial for a chess master to remain at peak, just as they are for other types of athletes. “I get bored very easily, so I don’t do well in the gym,” Mr. Carlsen says. “Luckily for me, I have a real love of sport.”
Isn’t that wonderful?! He considers a healthy diet and physical training to be ‘crucial’ for success in chess.
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen became a Grand master at the age of 13, one of the youngest in history.
How does he work out? “When Mr. Carlsen is on the road for a tournament, he depends on his workouts to help him relieve tension and relax. He might run intervals on the treadmill at a hotel gym, adjusting the incline and intensity for 30 to 60 minutes. “Running is a time where I can go through game strategies,” he says.
After he gets his heart rate up, he winds down with a series of stretches, or he will flow through yoga sequences for 20 minutes. “Much of my core work comes from yoga,” he says. “I’m not the type to go to the gym and run through reps and sets of exercise. I need something more fluid and fun.” If he can find a hot yoga studio, he’ll attend a class.”
I love that a chess grand master includes healthy food and good exercise in his training regimen. Keep in mind that he is just practicing what I have been preaching here for some years. Although the rest of us aren’t grand masters and maybe don’t even play chess, the same principles apply. Eat intelligently and exercise regularly to succeed in living a healthy life.
You can check out my Page – Important facts about your brain – (and exercise benefits) for more info on this critical subject.
What I like most about this post is that it focuses you on your health and not just pounds. I know that when I struggled with my weight – for years – it was because all I looked at was the pounds. As soon as I lost five or ten I went back to my old ways. No wonder I never succeeded over the long term. You need to make a commitment to your health not just dropping a couple of pounds.
All About Healthy Choices
Does this sound familiar?
“I’ve tried dieting, exercising, appetite suppressants and the number on the scale won’t go down!” “I’ve done everything POSSIBLE, so I guess I’ll have to live with this reality.”
HERE’S THE REAL REALITY!
Most people did what they were WILLING TO DO under the terms they were WILLING TO DO IT. Without clearly understanding the mechanism of weight gain, they attempted to alter its outcome by throwing various “weight loss” ideas at the problem. This method worked in the past, therefore, would surely work again. Unfortunately, as we age, it frequently doesn’t!
When patients came to me with specific health concerns, I didn’t simply reach into my bag of “experience” and “pull out” things that worked with other patients. I went through a thorough health history, examination and diagnostic testing (which might have included blood work, MRI’s, ultrasounds, CT scans, evoked potential…
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This is absolutely worth reading. It is good thinking and meets all my biases regarding living a healthy life.
All About Healthy Choices
Webster’s dictionary defines MEDICATION as, “a SUBSTANCE used for medical treatment, especially a medicine or drug.“
Webster’s dictionary defines FOOD as, “any nutritious SUBSTANCE that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to MAINTAIN LIFE AND GROWTH.“
We have a tendency to separate the two words MEDICINE and FOOD believing they are INDEPENDENT of each other. Hippocrates (the founding FATHER OF MEDICINE) quoted, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates understood that food provided the body an ESSENTIAL COMPONENT necessary to maintain healthy FUNCTION. He understood the body was under constant “attack” by environmental, emotional and physical factors and needed FOOD (as Webster’s dictionary states) “to MAINTAIN LIFEAND GROWTH.” He recognized that GOOD HEALTH was the body’s NATURAL STATE of EXISTENCE. Hippocrates understood that DISEASE only manifested when the body was unable to…
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Must confess I love reading news that meets my bias. In this case, there are more benefits to riding a bicycle besides the wonderful sensation of flying across the pavement and giving the old cardio system a workout.
Opting for two wheels rather than four could lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.
The study found that people who bike to work or regularly cycle for fun were less likely to get the illness.
That was true even for those who started biking late in life, Danish researchers said. Continue reading
Thought you might be interested in this. Seems most of us have a beverage of choice first thing on arising.
When I worked in the Reuter newsroom on Fleet Street, I was surprised that most of my British fellow journalists drank coffee while I, the resident Yank, was thrilled to discover English tea with milk in it.
Some really good thoughts here that coincide with my own feelings about working at being healthy and living a long and happy life. We really need to get our heads straight and quit trying to lose a couple of extra pounds instead of focusing on the big picture and living a healthy life. Sadly, the only time most people focus on their health is when they think they need to lose some weight. Living a healthy life is positive. Just trying to lose weight is negative.
Eat less; move more; live longer.
All About Healthy Choices
How do we know? What do we base our answers on? What are the signs we’re transitioning from healthy to unhealthy?
Most people assume if they can go about their daily tasks without “feeling” sick, they are healthy. Is this a good way of determining our health status? What about symptoms? Do we base our health on their severity? Do we often base our health on their absence?
What do the following conditions all have in common?
High Blood Pressure
Sudden Onset Heart Attacks
Positive Testing For The HIV Virus
Typically, none of these conditions produce SYMPTOMS early on. What about early breast cancer, early prostate cancer and early colon cancer? What about hepatitis C? Again, no sign of SYMPTOMS!
There are countless conditions we may develop, yet we haven’t become a paranoid society fearing the ABSENCE OF SYMPTOMS? WHY?
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Sleep, like walking, is one of the most under appreciated aspects of living a healthy life.
To read much more on sleep, check out my Page – How important is a good night’s sleep?
If you really want to get into it, check out Arianna Huffington ‘s excellent book The Sleep Revolution at Amazon.
Some really good , healthy concepts here. I love the positive approach. Work on being healthy and your weight loss problem will disappear.
Eat less; move more; live longer.
Are you trying to lose weight with just exercise alone? Do you have a soda addiction but figure it’s not as bad as smoking or other vices since you can just exercise the ‘bad’ calories away? Unfortunately new research looking at the weight management approach of calories in versus calories out tells us that this is really not the case — you really can’t outrun a bad diet.
Diet Trumps Exercise for Weight Loss
The 2015 study published in the journal Current Biology suggests that too little physical activity can make you unhealthy but too much of it drives your body to make big adjustments to adapt, leading to weight loss plateaus. The authors of the study point to the need to focus on diet, especially when it comes to weight loss and weight management.
Below is a great video that pretty much sums up exactly what the research says:
How to Make a Healthy Diet Fit Your Life
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I am reblogging this because I have found wonderful healthy solutions in Ayurvedic practices. I have never drunk out of a copper cup, but I am setting about getting one forthwith to try it.
It appears there are a lot of splendid health benefits to this practice. If you are familiar with it, please share your experience. I will probably blog subsequently on this after mine arrives from India.
STAYING HEALTHY WITH AYURVEDA
One of the traditional recommendations of Ayurveda is to drink water from a copper cup. According to the ancient science, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas (Vata, Kapha and Pitta). Ideally water should stay in the copper container for at least eight hours. Ayurveda recommends starting the morning by drinking room temperature water that has been stored in a copper vessel overnight.
Copper is a mineral essential to the healthy functioning of our body. It is required in most processes that occur in our body, from cell formation to aiding in the absorption of iron. However, our body cannot synthesize copper. We need to get it from outside sources. Only about 25% of the US population is getting adequate copper in their diet each day.
Before I delve into the benefits of copper, is important to point out that, as with…
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I don’t know if that headline surprises you, but it doesn’t surprise me. As a daily bicycle rider, I get to enjoy the outdoors regularly and know that the setting benefits me as much as pedaling the bike.
Women in the U.S. who live in homes surrounded by more vegetation appear to have significantly lower mortality rates than those who live in areas with less vegetation, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The study found that women who lived in the greenest surroundings had a 12% lower overall mortality rate than those living in homes in the least green areas.
The study suggests several mechanisms that might be at play in the link between greenness and mortality. Improved mental health, measured through lower levels of depression, was estimated to explain nearly 30% of the benefit from living around greater vegetation. Increased opportunities for social engagement, higher physical activity, and lower exposure to air pollution may also play an important role, the authors said.
The study was published online April 14, 2016 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The paper is available here.
Instead of health and fitness funnies, I thought I would pass on some of these graphic ideas that impressed me recently. Hopefully, this week the laugh isn’t on me.
In conclusion, I wish more people would focus on living a healthy life than just dropping some unwanted pounds. The first way is positive and long lasting. The second is superficial and most of the time doesn’t result in permanent weight loss.
Seems a simple choice to me.
I found this in my web wandering and fell in love with it. I don’t even know if it qualifies as an infographic.
In the close to 7 years I have been writing this blog I find that a lot of the loose ends have been burned off. In the beginning it was all about losing weight, counting calories, measuring portions, etc. Now, while I am aware of calories and portions, my focus has shifted entirely to simply living healthy. I weigh in the mid 150 pound range where I have dwelt for around five years. I have total confidence that I can control my weight. I don’t try any more. I am simply doing it. Just like Yoda said, “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”
I don’t think you need expensive gym memberships or more expensive personal trainers to get control of your weight. You can do it.
This infographic, or set of pictures with captions, tells the whole story for me. Get outside, move, drink water, get enough sleep, eat intelligently and enjoy the sunshine.
I hope you can get it to work for you.
For the record: While I don’t use a personal trainer, I realize that they know a lot about exercise and can be very helpful. Also, I have a number of friends who do that for a living. If you feel you need one, by all means, use one.