|I love how "death" is highlighted. Like if your kid|
continues to sit on the couch with that smirk on
his face and console in his hand....he going to die!
So if campaigns and scare tactics don't work....what the heck does? It is no surprise to read Mr. Seeman's suggestion of individualized programming for weight loss. With so many determinants of health (social, psychological, environmental, genetic, economic, etc.) you cannot expect a "one size fits all" approach to work (like that of campaigns). The negative side to this, of course, is cost and attention it takes to offer this approach to health. It is more efficient to dedicate a week to eating healthy or a day to movement (i.e. Move for Health Day...coming soon to a town near you) than it is to work individually with folks. BUT that is exactly what we need to reduce the waist size of the country.
This culture of mocking the obese does find its way into policy, because knowing there's acceptance of shaming creates an apetite to use it as a tool in a public health campaign. One reason for the embrace of shock tactics is political expediency. There's an absolute urgency sense by governemnts around the world, that they have to be seen to be doing something.
- Neil Seeman
That is why I am such a believer of Health Coaching (HC) and the equivalent. With HC you work alongside someone that will take into account your personal challenges and determinants for gaining weight, lack of exercise, or "unhealthy" eating behaviour. The HC, or counsellor, will then create a plan of action specific to your needs and work with you through the change process. Fitness trainers know exercise science and can tell you what to do based upon your fitness goals and nutritional specialists (or registered dietitian nutritionists) can tell you what to eat based upon your goals (and the food guide). A Health Coach can take this information and pull it together to create a plan of action that will lead you to successful behaviour change and, ultimately, your long term goal success!
|I like this one. Nice and simple..just letting you know that|
if you eat this hot dog it will explode in your stomach and
kill you instantly (mmmmm.....hot dogs).
Have a wonderful weekend. I'm starting my first course towards a masters in counselling psychology this weekend. By 50...I should be ready for my new career!