Weight Worries Outrank Economic Woes for Many People Blog Survey Shows Weight Worries Cause Most Stress

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Thirty-one percent of those responding to a survey on the blog A Weight Lifted ranked weight concerns as the greatest source of stress in their lives, even more than economic concerns, family/relationship issues, work/school and health concerns. To end weight worries, Green Mountain at Fox Run, a pioneering non-diet women's healthy weight retreat, recommends people stop trying to lose weight and focus on developing healthy behaviors.

When we're engaged in behaviors that promote our health, we'll also move our bodies towards healthy weights

For the majority of people responding to a survey on the blog A Weight Lifted, worries about weight ranked as the largest source of stress in their lives, over economic worries, family/relationships, work/school and health.

Thirty-one (31) percent of those responding identified weight worries as creating the most stress in their lives; 25 percent identified economic woes and family/relationships each as the largest stressor; 14 percent named work/school and three percent identified health concerns. Thirty-five (35) readers in total responded to the survey, which was posted early December 2008.

Given the economic crisis, the finding may come as a surprise, unless you already know that worries about weight are a constant for weight-struggling women, which are likely the primary readers of the blog A Weight Lifted. They spend their lives worrying about what they eat, why they just ate what they did, what exercise they should be doing, why they don't like to exercise, what they look like to others, the list goes on. The stress is never-ending.

"We recognize this is an informal blog survey but we think it makes an important point," says Alan H. Wayler, PhD, executive director of Green Mountain at Fox Run. "Weight worries cause stress for many people; this survey suggests such worries may create more stress than economic fears, even in this seriously difficult economy. We wonder whether weight per se contributes as much to this stress as commonly employed but failed treatment approaches. For example, many adult weight loss programs say 'diets don't work,' but they continue to tell people to count calories or points and generally do not promote size acceptance, which acknowledges that we can be healthy even if we are larger than the societal ideal."

To end weight worries, Green Mountain at Fox Run, the nation's oldest healthy weight loss retreat dedicated to women, recommends that women give up the focus on weight loss and turn their attention to health instead. "When we're engaged in behaviors that promote our health, we'll also move our bodies towards healthy weights," says Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, director. "Ultimately, it's about doing things that make us feel well. Constantly trying to lose weight rarely does that."

Green Mountain at Fox Run has spent the last 37 years developing and refining intelligent strategies that help women conquer weight problems. Our three-decade-long experience has given us a deep understanding of the personal challenges weight and stress management present to contemporary women.

In a world where things seem out of control, the healthy weight loss program at Green Mountain at Fox Run can help women take control to reduce stress, improve health and live happier, healthier lives.

Next year promises to be a year of real change. Green Mountain at Fox Run is the place for real change for weight-struggling women.

A healthy weight loss retreat for women only, Green Mountain at Fox Run offers a proven healthy lifestyle program that teaches how to eat instead of starve, move our bodies for pleasure and physical well-being, and manage stress and negative self-image for health and healthy weights. In operation for 37 years, Green Mountain pioneered the non-diet approach to achieving and maintaining healthy weights. You can learn more about our healthy adult weight loss camp or on our blog at http://www.fitwoman.com/blog , or call 1-800-448-8106 (802-228-8885).

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