Weight is definitely linked to greater probability of disease and a shorter life span when media spin and error –ridden studies are put aside

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More specifically it’s been found that 1 in 5 cases of cancer can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes. Not only prevent cancer and a host of diseases but also can substantially reduce the cancer mortality rates. More specifically 10 to 45% reduction in cancer incidence and 19 to 60 % reduction in mortality.

Dr. Linsey Kohler and her colleagues at the University of Arizonia studied low to high guidance to dietary, exercise and lifestyle guideline changes. They found that the stricter adherence to the guidelines the greater the results. This study was supported by a grant from National Cancer institute Cancer Center.


In skewed studies inundated with errors they found slightly overweight adults on average had a longevity advantage. What they left out was that their sample included a large # of thin people who had health issues related to smoking and health issues prompting their weight loss. Of course the media loved the skewed information and ran with it creating misconception like the study did.

The findings gathered by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) epidemiologist Katharine Flegal a senior scientist at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics was published
in January of 2013, when the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a meta-analysis of 100 studies that probed the relationship between body mass index and mortality —

However in Ms.Flegal’s flawed studies the selection criteria that Flegal used for her meta-analysis ruled out high-quality studies of 6 million people (more than twice as many as were represented in her analysis), Frank Hu, HSPH(Harvard School of Public Health) professor of nutrition and epidemiology and HMS professor of medicine, was part of a panel of experts put together to review Flegal’s questionable findings. “When something sounds too good to be true, it’s usually not true,” said Frank Hu.

“These studies, in aggregate, show that the highest survival rates are in normal weight people, not the overweight”, Hu said.
The studies that Flegal did use included many samples of people who were chronically ill, current smokers and elderly, according to Hu. These factors are associated with weight loss and increased mortality.

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A BMI [body mass index] in the range of 20 to 23 may be optimal for reducing premature mortality in adulthood,” said lead researcher Dagfinn Aune, from the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, in England.

BMI can be determined by taking your ht. in inches and multiplying it by itself…Then taking your weight in lbs. and dividing it by the total of your Ht.xHt. Finally take that figure and multiply it by 703 and you will find your BMI. The ranges being 18.5-24.99 normal range, 25-29.99 overweight, and 30 and up obese.http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/lean-trim-live-longer/2016/05/06/id/727549/


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In an alarming study “between 45 percent and 61 percent of top male CEOs are overweight (BMI between 25 and 29)” but “only 5 percent – 22 percent of top female CEOs were overweight.” Stated the researchers, “This reflects a greater tolerance and possibly even a preference for a larger size among men but a smaller size among women.”
“A woman’s weight could have a significant impact on her earnings with “heavy” and “very heavy” women earning between $9,000 and $19,000 less than their “average” weight counterparts research has found.”

Although standards of beauty can evolve over time it is hard-pressed for the media to convince us that fat is as appealing as thin.
Thin will always be in, for simple reasons.
Thin people are rarer and that is one component to desirability. They are more likely to excel in athletics…
As we’ve evolved we no longer are looked at as reproductive vehicles or having access to more food. Our anscestors may have seemed desirable if heavier, for that reason.

But over the last years, researchers have looked carefully at these so-called age related problems and come to the conclusion:
As much as 75% of chronic diseases are lifestyle related. You needn’t fail and be hunched backed with muscle atrophy as you age. Many gerentologists believe that you can maintain the body that you have in your 40’s into your 90’s if you work at it.
Look at Ernestine Shepherd at 80! No doubt genes must help!


Ernestine Shepherd

Yes it’s true as we age maintaining a favorable weight is harder but once you find the right formula like I have with Prancercise®,  hold tight to it… for your life and quality of it certainly depends on it!



With everyone being so damn sensitive these days, I’m afraid this isn’t going to stop. It’s as if we’ve just given up. “Hey, I’m overweight and unhealthy, but so are a lot of other people so, you know, oh well.”
The media certainly has contributed to this self-acceptance of your less than best self image as seen in a number of ways..
Look at the dolls they’ve reconstructed like Barbie and Ken dolls they now are including heavy overweight balding Ken dolls and hefty Barbies. I ask you when growing up if you wanted a doll, would go out and purchase one in your own image? I wouldn’t have, I could of just looked in the mirror for that matter! In my opinion dolls should be look more glamorous so that you have an image to aspire to and fantasize about…




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Molly Galbraith who became popular for her tribute to self-acceptance, apparently flaunting a heavy looking pose of herself in a bathing suit, did nothing to convince me she wouldn’t of preferred a lighter weight if she wouldn’t have to give up ice cream and the like as she suggested…I don’t desire ice cream and the like, not only because it’s a lot of unhealthy calories, but of course it sabotages the ability to keep our ideal weight.



There’s Ashley Graham recently on the cover of Sports Illustrated she stated:

“ I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages,” Graham said. “But putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking barriers; they are the standard now. This is beyond epic.” I really find that stretching the imagination Ashley, this will never be my standardand I doubt and hope it will never be the standard for the majority of us out there.
“I want to dedicate it to all of the women out there who never felt that they were beautiful enough, who never felt like they were skinny enough, and who never felt like they were going to be able to be represented in society like this,” Graham said. “Because now we’re being represented.”with that little insight she amusingly continues “I’m gonna go eat a burger,” Graham said. “I am so hungry. You have no idea. I want a burger and fries.”
Like I said, I will never take her body for a standard and certainly not her diet! What a warped message she dictates in my opinion, that I can only see burger havens like McDonald’s and it’s customers applauding!


I suspect Cheryl Tiegs the renown classic model aligns with my thinking as well, here she criticized Ashley in a yahoo article which also includes a cover picture of Cheryl on Sports Illustrated years back.

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Accepting your less than ideal weight and health, which usually goes along with it, is nothing more than a cop out, in my opinion. I’m not talking about plastic surgery another cope out too often, unless absolutely necessary…I’m talking about people that may not be lazy in the sense of being super parents and providers and workaholics but that put their true image and health on the back burner. Some people just hate to exercise and or change their eating habits in the belief it would be a sacrifice to their familiar and maybe comfortable known existence. However like any bad habit it can slowing make us slaves to a less than happy self-image and declining health. The longer a person accepts the lifestyle that lends itself to a tarnished existence the harder it is to change for the better.
The mistake most people make is to just embrace weight loss alone reaching for supplements, pills and less than perfect fad diets that can actually add to imbalances in the body eventually causing additional concerns.
Exercise should be daily in my opinion, and not an exhaustive workout that a person will burn out on, too soon. This way it becomes as important as washing your teeth or making your bed or feeding your pet each day, a necessity that’s doable. Food consumption, closest to what’s natural and unprocessed and not overly stimulating, is usually best. If you eat first for nutrition , secondly for satiation, and finally for pleasure ,you will inevitably change your destiny to achieve a more ideal state of health, body image, and subsequent happiness.
As always I can sincerely recommend my Prancercise® Program when I follow it religiously it hasn’t failed me yet!  Joanna