Is trying to lose weight a healthy goal or a maladaptice, false hope?
- is losing weight even under our conscious control?
- three quarters of us are probably sensitive about our weight
- losing weight is not difficult, the problem is keeping the weight off.
- what are the costs/benefits of repeated attempts to lose weight
- what's a healthy approach to losing/maintaining weight
- Eileen Barton: 35-year old case study
- Weight and exercise are always on her mind
- she was skinny as a child and didn't think about exercise or eating
- when she went to college, she was warned about the freshman fifteen
- she gained sixty pounds in first year, and so she decided to fast, a high protein diet, blah blah blah. she
kept regaining her weight
- she's overly concerned with weight, she spends too much time thinking about it. however, people
don't think that anymore, they think that it's something that we all need to do
- 78% of adult American women are focussed on their weight, as well as 64% of men
- average American woman weights 152lbs and the average ideal weight is 124lbs
- the actual weight is going up and the ideal weight is going down. this discrepancy causes a lot of
unhappiness with oneself and motivates people to try and address it
- is losing weight something that we can succeed at?
- what you can change and what you can't:
- panic: curable
- specific phobias: almost curable
- sexual dysfunction: marked relief
- depression: moderate relief
- anger problems: mild relief
- overweight: temporary change - PTSD: marginal relief
- the Oprah Penomenon: she admitted to focussing on her weight, so she went on an opti-fast diet
- after about 4-5 months, she lost weight and she told everyone to join this. over the next 3 months, she
gained more weight
- she's had many other shows on kinds of diets.
- eg Hovall: VLCD study. everyone was 50% above their ideal weight. half the people drop out. stayers
lose 84% of excess weight. within 18months, participants gain 80% of their excess weight back. 3% are
considered a success at 5 years
- Seligman: natural weight is genetically determined, self-control and willpower don't affect it much.
- when we go down below our set point, there will be certain things that push us to get back up to that
- we'll be preoccupied with food, and we will under