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A comment on Kirstie Alley

Posted by Dr. Susan on June 26, 2006

The 7/3/06 issue of People magazine has an article about Kirstie Alley losing weight as part of being a Jenny Craig celebrity sponsor. There is one part of Kirstie’s message that I don’t like, but all the rest is great. First, the negative…Kirstie’s current goal is to wear a bikini on Oprah. Okay, so it’s cool to get asked to be on Oprah, but it’s a bit shallow to make wearing a bikini your ultimate goal–I wish that Kirstie wasn’t focusing on that part of weight loss so much. BUT she does acknowledge that it may not be realistic to have a bikini body at her age (or, FYI at any age, Kirstie–NOT looking good in a bikini doesn’t mean you’re not healthy!!) Now to the good part of the article. Kirstie addresses some really great points about losing weight. You’ve heard them before, but they are worth repeating:
1. It’s all about portion size. You can and should eat what you like, but not too much of it.
2. Don’t judge yourself on what other people think of you.
3. It’s not about being thin, it’s about being healthy–being skinny won’t make you happy.
4. Exercise is really important–she exercises every day.

Let me know if you read the article,

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Do you get family support?

Posted by Dr. Susan on June 12, 2006

A lot of interesting research lately has been revealing that many parents think their children are NOT overweight when, in fact, the kids or teens really do need to lose weight. As you can imagine, this can make life difficult for kids and teens. If you’re a teen that has tried, but not been able to get support from your parent to help you lose weight, maybe this is the reason! If they don’t think you need to lose it, they’re not going to help you, right! But they could be wrong! Ask to see your doctor and let your doctor tell you the real scoop–if the doctor says you really do need to lose weight, ask for your mom or dad’s help. If they still won’t or can’t help you, you’re going to have to take steps on your own to become healthier–this could be a bit more difficult, but many teens break away from unhealthy family patterns and learn on their own how to lose weight, when they need to do so. If you are a parent, it’s important to be as objective as possible about your child’s weight. Being overweight can result in enormous physcial, emotional and social problems for your child. If it’s hard for you to provide a healthier home, ask for some help–adults need help too sometimes. Your child or teen deserves the healthiest home possible!

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Summer Stressing

Posted by Dr. Susan on June 10, 2006

It’s been quite a while since I posted–no excuses, but I’ve been traveling a lot with my new book, Dr. Susan’s Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide and It’s been hard keeping all the other balls in the air too!

Now that the weather is warm (in many parts of the world) I’ve been thinking about how difficult it must be for some girls (and women) to peel off the layers of clothing that have been hiding their bodies all winter. Being overweight, or feeling bad about your body can make it tough to put on shorts, tank tops and bathing suits. Some girls tell me that they won’t go to the pool or beach because they are embarrassed about how they look in skimpy clothes. I know exactly how you feel because I’ve felt that way myself. But it’s important to remember that the summer is an awesome time to start making changes in your lifestyle. There are lots of great summer fruits available and the weather is perfect for a walk outside. Rather than feeling down, use these months to start feeling better because you’re DOING SOMETHING to be healthier and happier. Here are three tips:
1. Begin a journal–write about your feelings–good and bad
2. Eat three fruits a day
3. Take a short walk each day (alone or with a friend)

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