WWN - March 23: Face Up to Problem Skin!

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WWN - March 23: Face Up to Problem Skin!
Fri, 03-26-2010 - 12:13pm
If you thought you could leave skin problems behind at your high school graduation, think again. Discover 6 fixes for grown-up skin problems and see how to look your best every day in this issue of the iVillage Health Women's Wellness Newsletter.

Also this week:

     â€¢ Are Your Skincare Ingredients Doing More Harm Than Good?

     â€¢ 6 Health Advantages of Being Overweight

     â€¢ Why Are We So Stressed Out?

     â€¢ 10 Easy Ways to Burn 100 Calories

     â€¢ The Get An Extra Weekend Community Challenge

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Check out the newsletter, then come back and let's talk about it.


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Fri, 03-26-2010 - 6:14pm
Unfortunately, I disagree with many of the items in the 6 Health Advantages of Being Overweight slide show. Here is the full text of the slide show, and each item is followed by my comment about it.

Upsize Your Thighs

Weighing in at a few extra pounds can actually bring major health benefits, according to a slew of recent studies. Here are six ways in which some padding can tip the scales in your favor.

Healthier Hearts

Women with larger thighs have a lower risk of heart disease and early death, says a new study in the British Medical Journal. Those with stick-thin legs faced the greatest chance of developing heart disease. Why? Added lower-body muscle mass can promote a better metabolism. Pear-shapes, be proud.

This is a complex subject, and the findings of the study are far too oversimplified as reported. And, having a thigh circumference greater than the target threshold does not necessarily mean that a person falls into the category of overweight, just as being overweight doesn't guarantee having substantial thigh mass.

Sounder Minds

A study in 2005 compared outcomes for 78 obese women who either dieted and exercised with the aim of losing weight, or followed a "Health at Every Size" method that didn't involve the scale. The latter group fared better on measures of blood pressure, aerobic fitness and self-esteem—reporting less stress and anxiety than the former group. (Neither cohort lost weight.) "Being on the 'weight treadmill' has dangerous psychological effects," says Paul Campos, author of The Diet Myth. "Instead of being set up for failure, these women were given ways to feel good about themselves."

This study compares two sets of obese women, medically a different category from overweight, and it doesn't claim that they are healthier than lower weight women.

Glowing Skin

Recent twin studies have found that the sister with the higher BMI was judged to have a more youthful look. "A gaunt face can definitely add some years, so carrying an extra few pounds can help create a more youthful appearance," says Amy Hendel, nutrition and fitness expert. "It may also help to fill out a few of those more significant wrinkles that scream out 'aging!'"

While having a more youthful appearance is nice, it is a matter of beauty rather than health and does not belong in a health-related slide show.

Increased Fertility

Are you thinking of starting—or growing—your family? Underweight women were 72 percent more likely to miscarry, reports a London study. More specifically, women whose BMI were below 18.5 when they conceived had a much higher percentage of miscarrying within three months of pregnancy. However, those few extra pounds on overweight women actually proved to have the opposite effect on their pregnancy.

Both the title and the final sentence of the slide are extremely misleading. First of all, the study dealt with rate of miscarriage, not fertility. Also, a study that is a year newer than the one cited found that obesity causes infertility.

In the study cited in the slide show, women who were underweight at the time of conception were 72 percent more likely to experience a miscarriage during the first trimester, when compared to women of normal weight. The rate of miscarriage among women who were overweight or obese at the time of conception was about the same as -- not lower than -- women of normal weight.

Stronger Bones

A little meat on your frame can ward off osteoporosis, a condition of fragile bones that's less likely to occur in overweight women. Weight-bearing bones stay stronger. For added insurance on strong bones, take a walk at the pace you enjoy.

This one is true. Yay!

Longer Life

Gaining just a few pounds can add years to your life, says a Kaiser Permanente report. A related federal study shows that overweight people actually outlive the obese, the underweight, and people at normal weight. "A few extra pounds can protect against many conditions that lead to premature death," says Campos. It's thought that fat stores can be used to help the body stay strong during illness and recovery.

Also true, and accurately reported. Double yay!


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