Our relationship with food is a complicated one - psychological as well as physical I suppose, with lots of experiential and emotional associations. Knowing what's the right weight- and what to do about it isn't made ay easier by mixed messages in the media either. Here's two examples:
1. I was reading Closer magazine (british gossip mag) and was astounded to see some celebs criticised for being too thin. Not amazing maybe when you consider then influence they have on people- except the same magazine had 'this week's celeb diet' a few pages on and then some startling facts about the UK obesity crisis. Is skinny bashing so bad in this climate? Maybe hypocrisy is even worse.
By the way, there was a special diet by a footballers wife - running a lot watching your calorie intake(!).
2. On Radio 2 yesterday I heard an interview with Anne Diamond (British C list celebrity) who's campaigning for a more sensible approach to dieting and weight control. Great, a voice of reason in a confusing void I thought. Then she made a point that some people, including herself, just cannot lose weight - she tried everything apparently, excercise, eating less, funny diets. True for a minority I'm sure - just like those annoying people that are stick thin yet eat what they like.
The solution to her problem? A band sqeezing the stomach so you physically cannot eat too much. Magically, the weight has been dropping off....yep, she tried everything but now something's making her eat less, she's losing weight.
In other words less food made her lose weight. Maybe something simple like watching what you eat and taking a walk actually works for most people after all.