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Chapter 4 : Weight Management
Adopting a healthy lifestyle
Most weight problems are lifestyle problems
Slow weight gain a major cause of overweight & obesity weight
management important for everyone
Early adulthood good time to adopt healthy behaviours
Several lifestyle factors are critical for long-term weight management
Research : Weight gain in university
Cornell University (2003) students put on an average of 15 Lbs
between time they left high school and end of 1st year university ―freshman 15‖
Students gained 4 Lbs during first 3 months 11 times expected weight gain for
typical 17-18 year old and 20 times expected weight gain for average adult
Accounted for by all-you-can eat dining facilities, increased # of
evening snacks, increase # of weekend meals, increase consumption of ―junk‖
foods and recent dieting.
University of Guelph (2006) suggest that Freshman 15 is a myth
Study included more than 100 1st-year women
Women gained 5 Lbs between time they left high school and end of
1st year university
Still a cause for concern as women also increased in BMI, body fat %
and waist circumference
Thinking and emotions
Low SE and negative emotions often accompany weight problems
Internally held pictures of an ―ideal‖ self often result of unrealistic
goals and beliefs about how we and others should be
Challenge these beliefs and replace with realistic ones
Involves setting realistic goals, engaging in positive self talk (and
stopping negative self-talk and problem-solving.
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