Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Secret to How a Little Exercise Saves Your Mind

Teens who are overweight are under pressure from all corners to lose pounds, which consequently can make them feel inferior and judged unfairly by others.

 There is hope for rescuing the mental well-being of these overweight young people.

Researchers in Ottawa, funded by the Canadian Diabetes Association andf the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, reported a boost in teens' self esteem after 10 weeks of exercising twice weekly in a lab.

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, found that the teens didn't actually lose weight during that time and had only a minimal loss of body fat.   However, they did see improvement in their academic performance and social competence.  "They also felt better about their athletic abilities and their body image.  They reported higher self esteem, which could have implications for addressing some of the psychological and social strains associated with obesity, such as social isolation, discrimination and depression."
 To read more on this study, see the Globe and Mail, Health section, L6 October 2, 2012.

Previous studies have shown that subjects who lose a lot of weight and body fat are typically the ones who experience the greatest psychological benefit from exercise, says the principal investigator of the study, Dr. Gary Goldfield, a clinical researcher at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and associate professor of pediatrics, human kenetics and psychology at the University of Ottawa.

It would seen all important to support teems who are struggling with their weight to believe in themselves and to make exercise programs accessible that they can enjoy and where they will consequently feel good about themselves.

Deanna and Dave Waters
Dedicated to Help Everyone Be Fit and Healthy

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