Over a third of adult Americans are obese. And we know the consequences: diabetes, heart disease, decrease in overall life expectancy and the list goes on. Losing weight is a difficult task, as most of us know from experience. But according to new research, it may come easier to those with a better body image.
Research recently published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, shows that improving one’s body image can enhance the effectiveness of diet and exercise. Scientists from the Technical University of Lisbon and Bangor University enrolled overweight and obese women on a yearlong weight-loss program. The women were divided into two groups. While both groups were given information about good nutrition and health, one of the groups also underwent group sessions concerning body image and other personal and emotional issues. Women belonging to this group found they improved the way they thought about their body and consequently lost more weight than the other group. These results lead researchers to believe that addressing body image is a pertinent aspect to losing weight and should be incorporated into weight-loss programs for successful results.
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