It?s Important to Watch Weight at the Holidays

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It?s a tough time to worry about weight, but many people try to watch
their weight at this time of year. That?s important now and year-round,
according to Dr. Leslie Sp

It?s a tough time to worry about weight, but many people try to watch
their weight at this time of year. That?s important now and year-round,
according to Dr. Leslie Spencer, associate professor in the Health and
Exercise Science Department at Rowan University, who teaches nutrition
and has conducted weight management seminars and presented on
weight loss at professional conferences.

The benefits of being a healthy weight, she said, include a reduction of
risk for certain diseases, including diabetes, blood pressure, gall bladder
problems and arthritis, which definitely have been linked to obesity.
Being 10 pounds overweight doesn't pose a problem, it's being obese
(20 percent or more over one's ideal weight) that does. Obese people
tend to die younger and have greater risks in surgery. Additionally, they
face psychological concerns: people who are obese are more likely to
be discriminated against and experience rejection, be perceived as less
intelligent, and have problems in the job arena.

Spencer can speak in depth on topics related to maintaining healthy
weight and can discuss theories about why people are overweight. She
suggests that people looking to lose weight remember:

-- continue to eat

-- don't starve yourself

-- be consistent with your diet

-- exercise is more important than nutrition; if you change only one thing,
make it that you exercise more (Americans eat fewer calories than 50
years ago but we exercise less -- even through simple things like using
electronic keyboards instead of manual, operating electric windows on
our cars instead of manual)

-- be realistic about your body type or shape - we're not all an
ectomorph

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