6 Health Advantages Of Being Overweight

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Hilary Walke on Sep 23, 2009 at 11:30AM

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6 Health Advantages Of Being Overweight

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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.”

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