San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 11, 2005
ValentineÂs Day may look a little colder this year. So say dieters in a recent survey conducted by Diet.com.
While ValentineÂs Day usually calls to mind images of soft candlelight and romantic dinners, increasingly Americans are reporting that theyÂre Ânot in the moodÂ for romance because of their weight. Over 42% of respondents in the Diet.com survey reported that they ÂdefinitelyÂ or Âmost likelyÂ would not be passionate on CupidÂs day, primarily because of their size.
An additional 20% reported that they may avoid intimacy because of their weight, leaving only 38% who asserted their size would not affect their sex life.
As Valentine's Day approaches and many of us gear up for the most romantic time of the year, just how does this affect the passionate but slightly overweight American majority? The recent Diet.com survey of 2,862 dieters concluded that despite their warm feelings, many in AmericaÂs plump population may be left out in the cold.
ÂBeing overweight leads to fatigue, depression, and a host of other health concerns,Â says Dr. Robert Kushner, author of the American Medical Association's Obesity Treatment Guide for Physicians and Medical Director of Diet.com. ÂItÂs no surprise that so many overweight Americans feel a little less romantic.Â
America has a population of dieters that have tended to overlook the role of behavior patterns and personality traits in weight loss. Problems compound at certain times of the year, especially when we encounter emotional events. These emotions often lead to further unhealthy eating and weight gain. Valentines Day represents a particularly hazardous time for dieters as emotional levels may be at a high, spurring further bouts of emotional eating.
ÂOverweight individuals can feel very vulnerable and self-conscious about their bodies,Â says Kate Leighton, Diet.comÂs Community Leader. ÂExposing themselves to potential rejection, even from a loved one, can often seem too threatening. Diet.comÂs discussion boards are full of posts about issues like this.Â
The National Center for Health Statistics reports that 65% of AmericanÂs were overweight in 1999-2002, up from 47% in the previous survey period of 1976-1980.
The solution for lovelorn dieters? According to Dr. Kushner, addressing all 3 dimensions of a personÂs lifestyle - eating, exercising, and coping - is the key to weight loss success. ÂBreaking unhealthy old habits can be done,Â he assures us. ÂJust take one habit at a time.Â
Diet.com strives to help reverse the trend of the expanding American waistline by providing an innovative new approach to weight loss, tailored to each dieterÂs unique personality and lifestyle. To learn more about your own personality type, visit http://www.Diet.com to take a Diet Personality Assessment.
About Dr. Robert Kushner
Dr. Kushner, Medical Director of Diet.com, is also author of the American Medical Association's Obesity Treatment Guide for Physicians. Dr. KushnerÂs individualized Personality Diet approach has been proven to help people lose weight and keep it off successfully. Dr. Kushner is also Medical Director of Northwestern Memorial HospitalÂs Wellness Institute and President of the American Board of Nutrition Physician Specialists.
Diet.com offers a highly personalized weight loss program using a validated personality test, customized weight loss strategies, and an energizing social networking model. A partnership between renowned weight loss expert, Dr. Robert Kushner and veteran online community pioneers, Diet.com sets to establish the new standard of online weight loss service which is trusted by users, endorsed by experts, and proven to deliver lasting results.
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