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Weekend Reading: Your Health

Go Easy on Yourself

Are you your own toughest critic?  Next time you’re scolding yourself stop and think about what you would tell a friend in the same situation.  Now, tell yourself.  The idea of self-compassion is undergoing research as a tool towards health and better food choices.  By allowing yourself to enjoy favorite foods, studies have shown you will eat less of them and feel good, not guilty, about your choices and yourself.  This seems to tie back to the saying “everything in moderation”.

Higher Profits or Better for Your Health?

The line seems a little blurry with the FDA approval of Allergen’s lap band surgery for people who have a lower BMI than current regulations.  Currently, a person must have a BMI of 40 with no health complications and a BMI of 35 with obesity related health complications to qualify for surgery.  Under the new ruling, a person with a BMI of 30 may qualify if he or she has obesity health related complications, and it remains at 40 for those without health related complications.  A BMI of 30 is the lowest threshold for a person to be considered obese. Furthermore, the lap band is only for people who have tried to lose weight by diet, exercise and drugs and still can’t lose and keep the weight off.

What do you think about this new ruling?

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