Mind Your Language!

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It only takes one poorly phrased comment on someone’s weight (‘don’t eat so much, you’re putting on weight’, etc) to affect their self image and feelings around food for years to come.

A number of studies carried out have captured the impact of unhelpful language when referring to weight, in particular that of parent’s to their daughters. In one retrospective study, a parent’s comment about their daughter’s childhood weight was found to relate to her weight and body dissatisfaction as an adult.

Some Key Points from the research:

  • A woman’s dissatisfaction with her adult weight was only related to the extent she remembered her parents making any comments about her weight, but not about how much she ate – even though both were positively related to her BMI
  • Even among ‘normal-weight’ young women with similar weights, those who recalled their parents commenting about their weight were more dissatisfied with their body weight

But there is a lesson for all of us to take from this research. In a world where we are told freedom of speech is essential and that honesty is the best policy (both of which I agree with), we still need to remember that people have feelings and that contrary to nursery rhymes (“sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”), words do hurt.

This is a simple rule to remember: Think Before You Speak!

Mind your language and use your emotional intelligence when speaking to and with people in all circumstances but most definitely when referring to health & well-being issues.

Health & Respect,

Yvonne

 

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The Battle For Healthier Lifestyles

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Hi, Yvonne here!

I’ve been a lifelong fitness fan… fortunately. That said my eating habits have, over the years, been more ‘miss’ than ‘hit’. I had a mindset that said ‘as long as I work out I can eat anything’. And that made perfectly good sense to me. I looked fit and healthy, so all must be well, right? Wrong!

I didn’t stop to think about the internal damage I might be causing by eating poor quality food. And in reality I didn’t appreciate just how poor the quality of the food I was eating had become over the years.

Like a lot of health conscious people I am now fully engaged in learning what it means to have a balanced diet, how to make better food choices and fuel my body for daily living as well as my fitness pastimes.

But what about the percentage of the population not yet on board with respecting and looking after their bodies from the inside out? Week after week there are headlines screaming out about the poor health of our nation. This is the latest one that caught my eye:

Britain – the fat man (and woman) of Europe: UK will be fattest nation on continent by 2025, with 40% of adults classed as obese

New stats are part of world’s biggest obesity study comprising 20m adults

  • Reveals there are currently 640 million obese people around the globe
  • Currently UK obesity rates are 28.4% for women – the second highest in Europe behind Malta – and 26.2% for men, the worst in the continent
  • Public health officials warn many adults will go on to suffer ‘life-changing consequences’ including cancer, strokes, type 2 diabetes and heart attacks

We all have a responsibility to look after our health (and that of our children) but I also believe we can play a part in the battle for healthier lifestyles by sharing  nutrition knowledge, personal stories and tips with others; helping those who want and are ready to make changes to do so one step at a time.

It’s time. I, for one, do not want to see these poor health predictions become our reality. What do you think we should be doing to help people make better health choices? Your thoughts & opinions matter…

Let Your Health Be Your Wealth!

 

Holistic Approach to Healthy Living!

Hi

A warm welcome from us, Laura & Yvonne!

Our mission is to help individuals realize their health potential by providing the support they need to turn their health around and lead balanced lives where their newly gained vitality keeps them motivated.

Weight gain is often a slow process triggered by one of many of lives challenges but with the right support and encouragement positive changes can be made and healthier lifestyles achieved.

Having successfully trained as Advanced Weight Loss Practitioners, we are committed to contributing our knowledge to combat the current heath epidemic one person at a time. We can make a difference…

To your health & well-being,

Laura & Yvonne