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Archive for January, 2006

Your time is precious–use it well!

Posted by Dr. Susan on January 17, 2006

In February’s issue of Teen People, I am quoted as an expert in an article about how to manage your time successfully (pg 92–on news stands now). While time-management may not seem related to being healthy, it is actually really important. First–when you are always rushing around and super, over-busy, you don’t leave yourself enough time to eat healthily (yeah, that’s you chowing down a quick donut or bag of chips) or to exercise (no, running from activity to activity isn’t exercise). What’s more, you’re probably not sleeping enough either and you may not know it, but lack of sleep makes it difficult to lose weight. Seriously, I am not kidding–it’s chemical!! Check out one of these articles on MSN.com or USA Today.com. They both say about the same thing. So, organize your time so you can get everything in and still eat healthily, exercise and get enough rest.
Well, I’m off to work out, eat a healthy lunch and then take a nap (okay, so not the nap, but the rest is true!!)

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weight loss and health SHOULD go together

Posted by Dr. Susan on January 10, 2006

In the 1/9 issue of People magazine there is long article about regular people who lost a huge amount of weight HEALTHILY!! They didn’t use any crazy diets, surgeries or dangerous drugs. Instead they made a decision that they wanted to feel and look better. They started eating smaller portions of healthier foods. They also exercised. It took them months, or even longer (not just a couple of weeks) to lose the weight. These individuals can teach us something really important. When you feel strongly about being healthy, you can make up your mind to make choices that will make you become healthy. This is a process, not a quick fix. Kudos to all these people and to People mazazine for showing us that it can be done in a healthy, good for your body kind of way!! I’m off to the elliptical trainer. Happy health!

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Newsflash! Thin isn’t always healthy: The Lindsay Lohan Story

Posted by Dr. Susan on January 7, 2006

By now you’ve probably heard that Lindsay Lohan admitted she has the eating disorder, Bulimia which is when you eat a lot and then make yourself throw up because you don’t want to gain weight. Although it is important to be healthy, being too thin and especially depriving and hurting your body to get thin is definitely NOT healthy–in fact you can die from it!! Starving yourself or throwing up to be thin can be even worse than overeating or being overweight. In fact it is almost impossible to look the way Lindsay Lohan did and still be healthy!! Being at a healthy weight does not mean being super-thin. Your body needs food to grow healthily and if you’re too thin you won’t grow and develop the way you should. This is why girls with Bulimia and other eating disorders often end up spending a lot of their lives in the hospital.

There is a lot of pressure from people on TV and in the movies, to be skinny. Sometimes they make you feel that if only you were as skinny as them you would be incredibly happy, popular, have an amazing boyfriend and maybe even be rich! Hah!! This just isn’t true–lot’s of things in the movies and on TV aren’t true. And Lindsay Lohan’s admission proves it. Her life seems happy–even perfect–but actually she’s suffering from an illness that could kill her. All because she wanted to be thinner than she needed to be.

If you are overweight and you don’t like the way you look, it’s important to do something about it. But that does not mean starving yourself, throwing up, taking drugs or anything else that can hurt your body. Make good choices, lose weight slowly and be healthy. If you don’t need to lose weight, but you still think you do, it’s important to speak to an adult you trust to help yourself begin get a healthier body image. Be healthy and happy–they go together

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