Health Watch - A Matter of Mind: Overly Healthy Image

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some attitudes and mindsets that could affect your health. Having a healthy body image is important for avoiding eating disorders, but it’s possible to have such a healthy body image that it harms your health.

A positive body image isn’t so positive if it keeps you from realizing that you need to lose weight. Research has shown that some obese people who are at risk for heart disease don’t think they need to lose weight. Dr. Tiffany Powell, a cardiology fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says obesity isn’t just a cosmetic issue. It raises the risk for heart attack and stroke. Adults should get their weight, blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol checked at least once a year. Even if they feel like they’re attractive the way they are, if the tests show that these figures are in an unhealthy range, patients should make lifestyle changes. It’s not about hating your body but rather about loving your body enough to stay healthy.


January 2011

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