Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Think Thin, Be Healthy

(Source: Shape Magazine Singapore, June 2008 edition)

It turns out, thinking that you're overweight could be worse for you than being overweight. In a new study in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers asked 150,000 adults about their current weight, their ideal weight, and how often they felt unhealthy.

The less satisfied people were with their size, the more unhealthy they felt, regardless of how much they weighed. "The brain is both the source of our emotions and the control centre for our physiology," says lead author Dr Peter Muennig. "So if you're depressed or stressed, it changes things like blood pressure. If these emotions are chronic, that can lead to disease." To up your well-being, focus on what your body can do, not how many kilos it weighs. After you exercise, for example, write down how far you ran, then try increasing that number each time.

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