8/16 Facing the Battle of the Bludge for Total Wholeness

Recently, I had a very interesting discussion about dieting with a friend of mine.  Of course, this is always a popular subject with those who have fought ‘the battle of the bludge’.  In fact, doing a browser search I found the following info on the Dieting Industry:

                                  The Dieting Industry

• 95% of diets fail and most will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years

Source: Statistics on Weight Discrimination: A Waste of Talent, The Council on Size and Weight Discrimination,  Retrieved July 18, 2011, from http://www.cswd.org/index.html

• 75% of American women surveyed endorse unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviours related to food or their bodies.

Source: Three Out Of Four American Women Have Disordered Eating, Survey Suggests, Science News, Retrieved  July 18, 2011, from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080422202514.htm

• 91% of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting, 22% dieted “often” or “always”.

Source: Information obtained from the National Association of Eating Disorders, Retrieved July 18, 2011, from (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/index.php )

• Almost half of American children between 1st – 3rd grade want to be thinner and half of 9 – 10 year old girls are dieting

Source: Rate of Eating Disorders in Kids Keeps Rising, US Department of Health and Human Services, Retrieved   July 18, 2011, from http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.aspx?docID=646574

• The “obesity industry” (commercial weight-loss programs, weight-loss drug manufacturers and bariatric surgery centers) will likely top $315 billion this year.  Nearly 3% of the overall U.S. economy

Source: “The War On Obesity” was declared on American soil by former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in 1996. Big Fat Facts Blog, Retrieved July 18, 2011, from http://www.bigfatfacts.com/

• Childhood obesity has tripled since the ‘80s when America first called out its “War Against Obesity” Source: Childhood Obesity, US Department of Health and Human Services, Retrieved July 18, 2011, from http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/child_obesity/

• 35% of “occasional dieters” progress into pathological dieting, (disordered eating) and as many as 25%, advance to full-blown eating disorders

Source: Pathological dieting, precursor to eating disorder, Philadelphia Eating Disorder Examiner, Retrieved July 18, 2011, from www.examiner.com/eating-disorder-in-philadelphia/pathological-dieting-precursor-to-eating-disorders

Statistics on Eating Disorders

• At least 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder and millions more are struggling with binge eating disorder

Source: Information obtained from the National Association of Eating Disorders, Retrieved July 18, 2011, from www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/index.php

• 40% of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15 – 19 years old

Source: Information obtained from the National Association of Eating Disorders, Retrieved July 18,

2011, from www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/index.php

• There has been a rise in incidences of anorexia in young women 15 – 19 every decade since the 1930’s.  Source: Information obtained from the National Association of Eating Disorders, Retrieved July 18, 2011, from www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/index.php

• The incidence of bulimia in 10 – 39 year old women TRIPLED between 1988 and 1993

Source: Information obtained from the National Association of Eating Disorders, Retrieved July 18,

2011, from www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/index.php

• Anorexia is the most lethal psychiatric disorder, carrying a sixfold increased risk of death — four times the death risk from major depression

Source: Deadliest Psychiatric Disorder: Anorexia, WebMed, Retrieved July 18, 2011, from www.rxlist.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=146869

• The death rate is worse for those diagnosed with anorexia in their 20’s at 18 times higher than for healthy people their age

Source: Deadliest Psychiatric Disorder: Anorexia, WebMed, Retrieved July 18, 2011, from

www.rxlist.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=146869

Thanks to www.montenido.com   the source for this information.

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I have been amazed at these findings! Certainly we need a healthy lifestyle change to address these issues.   Checking the amount of ‘hidden’ sugar, salt and fat on the package labels is important too.  It was at this point that my friend shared a book she had read.  ‘The Diet Alternative’ by Diane Hampton looks at weight loss from a God-designed perspective.

Diane Hampton will revolutionize the way she looked at food. By discover God’s meal plan, we can keep the same size for the rest of your life! My friend found relief from the power food has over her. Following God’s plan, ‘You can consume anything you desire and still lose weight: eat sweets, have a dessert, munch on chips and dip whenever you want’.

The Diet Alternative contains time-tested principles that get results. No diet can promise a consistent loss of 3-4 pounds a week, but The Diet Alternative isn’t a diet. It’s freedom. Learn to use your body’s natural “hungry” and “full” responses. Discover God’s meal plan. Keep the same size for the rest of your life!

Thanks Maggs for your suggestion on this book!

You’ll find this great book on The Book Depository HERE!  Free shipping anywhere in the world!

http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Diet-Alternative/9780883687215/?a_aid=kimbo72

Susanne Fengler. Blog Author

www.totalwholeness.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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