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Andrea Hall

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If we address the stress that Kelly speaks of we can move towards my idea of a "Healthy Mind = Healthy Body" theory of living.

Millions of Americans are obese--not just carrying a few extra pounds, but obese to morbidly obese. Having lived this myself for 15 years of my life I feel that I can speak to this point, that being, our obesity is not simply about calories in vs calories out and nor is is just about the pounds. The weight we carry is more than just fat. If we start with the stress that Kelly speaks of--which many also struggle with as the cause of their weight gain--we can begin to live a happier, healthier, longer and more sustainable life.

Our "more convenient way of living" society indirectly discourages actually dealing with our lives and we (over time) carry the weight of this with us over the years. By taking a similar approach to Kelly's, in regards to "friending" stress, we could start to shed the weight and the unhealthy habits that lead to our impulse eating that contributes to our weight gain.


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  • Sep 6 2013: Just wahat I see here now suggests there are many dimensions to this problem beyond what the speaker discussed.
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      Sep 10 2013: Hi George,
      You are right, there are "many dimensions to this problem." Part of the movement towards improving our societal obesity issue is having the discussion. Of course to yield results we need to follow that up with action supporting our discussions. My point in posting Kelly's TEDTalk is that is begins to address the non food/calories aspects to healthy living. Note that I use the term "healthy living" versus weight loss. Yes, this is the need for many of us but the point isn't to be in a loss mode our entire lives. For those battling with weight now, it's about getting started and how to keep it going. For others, who are in a maintenance mode, it's about knowing triggers and how to deal with them when they arise. What I've found is that these "triggers" are mentally rooted/driven and can be managed if we learn how to so they don't result in a destructive result via food or inactivity. Does this make sense? This is systemic and you're right in that there are many dimensions to all this and these systems have loops that yield different results.

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