In the age of social media, the Internet, reality TV, and pop culture, women and girls face an enormous amount of pressure to look a certain way or be a certain weight. More now than ever, weight and body image concerns create an immense amount of anxiety for women, but increasingly more so for young girls. Girls’ dissatisfaction manifests around body image, particularly weight, at an alarmingly young age:
• Over 80 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat.
• By middle school, 40-70 percent of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body, and body satisfaction hits rock bottom between the ages of 12 and 15.
And while it’s natural to be concerned about our daughters’ weight and to encourage them to be healthy, a recent study from Cornell Food & Brand Lab says that one of the best things you can do to encourage healthy weight and positive body image is … don’t talk about her weight!
The study published in Eating and Weight Disorders surveyed 501 women between the ages of 20 and 35 and asked them to recall how often their parent(s) commented on their weight. The findings showed that women whose parents were less likely to comment on their weight or how much food they ate were also less likely to be overweight as adults. Interestingly, women who recalled their parents commenting on their weight in their youth were generally more likely to be dissatisfied with their weight in adulthood, regardless of whether they were overweight or not.
“If you're worried about your child's weight, avoid criticizing them or restricting food. Instead, nudge healthy choices and behaviors by giving them freedom to choose for themselves and by making the healthier choices more appealing and convenient," recommends lead author Brian Wansink. "After all, it's the choices that children make for themselves that will lead to lifelong habits."
If you are a parent and hope to encourage a healthy weight and positive body image in your daughter, there are many other ways to do so that won’t lead to unintended negative affects later in life. Take a look at the slideshow that suggest 5 positive ways to teach your daughter about healthy weight and body image.
Robard Guest Blogger Guidelines
Healthcare professionals count on Robard Corporation for our evidence-based obesity treatment programs and scientifically designed nutrition products. In addition to our complimentary customer-only business services, our Robard Blog is a top rated resource for dieters and medical/ non-medical weight loss professionals to provide helpful, inspiring, entertaining, accurate, and valuable information about health, wellness, weight loss, and obesity.
We are looking to partner with current Robard customers, as well as other experts in the fields of health, wellness, obesity, and weight loss, to submit articles in contribution to our mission to support healthy weight loss in overweight and obese individuals.
Topics we are interested in having guest bloggers cover include (but are not limited to):
• Medical and non-medical weight loss/weight management
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They’ve all made it to the label. The food label that is! The FDA recently announced that they are making a few changes to Nutrition Facts Labels to help consumers make better informed food selections.
What was the issue with the current labels? Well, there isn’t necessarily an “issue,” but with new scientific evidence about nutrition, the FDA decided that the labels need to better reflect the current landscape of our nutritional needs.
So, what’s changed?
• Added Sugars will now be part of the label: It is recommended that we consume no more than ten percent of our caloric intake from added sugar. Well, how would we know? With the addition of added sugar, it will be much easier for you to stay within the recommended amount.
• Vitamin D and Potassium will be required to be on the label and Vitamins A and C no longer need to appear. Research has shown that there is a general deficiency of Vitamin D and Potassium in our diets, as opposed to Vitamins A and C where people generally consume the daily recommended amount.
• Serving size will now reflect the amount of food or beverages currently consumed by people. For example, ice cream where a serving was ½ cup, it will be increased to 2/3 cup. You will also notice the same product with two sizes having different labels, both showing one serving, such as 12 and 20 ounce bottles. In addition, type size for “Calories,” “Servings per container,” and “Serving size” will be increased with calorie amount and “Serving Size” being bolded.
While labels will change gradually, the deadline for all products is July 26, 2018. The big question is, how much of a change will we see in food selection with these updated labels? And, how much will your buying decisions change?
If you want more information on the new Nutrition Labels, click here.
Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation
When it comes to dieting, many people develop an adversarial relationship with food. Dieting often becomes about what you can or can’t eat … with all our favorite (junk and comfort) foods ending up on the chopping block. However, while watching what you eat is certainly important, more experts are pointing to HOW you eat as an important tool toward better eating. It’s called mindful eating, and it’s helping people rethink and shift their relationship to food.
Registered dietitian, Jenni Grover, describes mindful eating as “intuitive eating… a concept with its roots in Buddhist teachings, [which] aims to reconnect us more deeply with the experience of eating — and enjoying — our food.” No, you don’t have to be a Buddhist monk or meditate every day to be a mindful eater. Mindful eating is based on the idea that there is no right or wrong way to eat, but rather varying degrees of consciousness about what we are eating and why. The goal of mindful eating, then, is to base our meals on physical cues, such as our bodies’ hunger signals, not emotional ones — like eating for comfort. According to a recent article in the New York Times, mindful eating is not a diet, or about giving anything up. Rather, it’s about experiencing food more intensely — especially the pleasure of it.
Part of the reasoning behind mindful eating when it comes to health and weight loss is that it combats mindless or unconscious eating. Research shows that mindless eating plays a significant role in weight gain because we do not recognize when we’re actually full, causing overeating. However, when we eat mindfully, not only can we better experience the pleasure of the food we eat, we build more awareness around how much food we need to eat, as well as create opportunities to make healthier choices around food selection.
Thinking about trying it? Consider these 9 tips to start you off in exploring the concept of mindful eating, which are intended to help you slow down and pay attention to your meal:
1. Chew 25 times
2. Feed yourself with your non-dominant hand
3. Eat everything with chopsticks for a week
4. Put your fork down between each bite
5. Take your first bite with your eyes closed
6. Try to identify every ingredient in your meal
7. Put your food on a plate
8. Sit at a table
9. Eat in Silence
For a little more in-depth resource about mindful eating and how it can benefit your weight loss goals, check out this fun Infographic from the Summer Tomato blog, all about the benefits of eating mindfully.
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation
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