BY JULIE FREDRICKSON
My name is Julie Fredrickson and I am the co-founder of Minimum Viable Fitness, a fitness and nutrition program designed to fit the lifestyle of busy professionals. I’m also a three-time start-up founder, a powerlifter, and a passionate advocate for taking a balanced approach to entrepreneurship.
But I wasn’t always fit, and I didn't always have the most balanced approach to my health. When I first attempted to turn my life around via diet and fitness, I learned I was doing it all wrong.
When I was 25, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol. My doctor didn’t mince words—he said that because I was 20 pounds overweight and had a family history of heart disease and diabetes, it made sense for me to go...
by BARI NAN COHEN
The frustration of seeing extra pounds on the scale—or of a too-tight waistband that you know used to fit—is understandable. But did you know that anything from a hormonal imbalance to vitamin deficiencies to the prescription meds you take can hold clues to what's making you gain weight? "A lot of people make what we think are lifestyle choices but are actually our bodies reacting to factors we can't control," says Robert J. Hedaya, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. "Whether it's hormonal, a medication side effect, or something else, too often we put the onus on the individual, and there are factors that sometimes justify a doctor's help." (Looking to conquer your weight issues?
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Weight can be a sensitive topic to talk about at any age, but it shouldn’t be ignored if you’re concerned about your child’s health. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued updated recommendations last year on how families can help children maintain a healthy weight by setting a positive example. As Sandra Hassink, MD, coauthor of the report puts it, “It’s never too early for a family to make changes that will help a child keep or achieve a healthy weight.”
Even though parents play a key role in their kids’ relationship with food, they’re sometimes uncomfortable dealing with it. “A lot of parents have no idea what to do if their child is overweight,” says Leslie Connor, PhD, a Wilmington, Delaware-based psychologist who specializes in the assessment...