These Thought Bullets come from the July 1999 issue of Fitness (pp. 100-104).
I find great encouragement that quotes embracing the principles of WIN Wyoming can
now be found in popular magazines. The article is written by Jan Sheehan. Note that
one of the quotes is from a speaker* scheduled for Shaping a Healthy Future: A Rocky
Mountain Conference on Weight Realities**, April 26-28, 2000, in Jackson, Wyoming.
- New research shows the road to fitness is wider than you think. New research debunks the
idea that being fit equals being thin.
- "Fit bodies come in all shapes and sizes. When it comes to overall health,
its very clear that fitness matters more than thinness." - Glenn
Gaesser, PhD, associate professor of exercise physiology at the University of
- A study of 7,080 women reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association
found that fit women of all weights had death rates almost half those of unfit women.
- "It is difficult to alter your basic body shape. You inherit that." - Lawrence
Golding, PhD, professor of exercise physiology at the University of Nevada in Las
- The advantages of healthy individuals losing weight may be over estimated. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta conducted a study in 1995 with 43,457 women
and found healthy women between the ages of 40-64 showed no mortality improvements by
losing weight. Women with weight-related health problems did decrease their risk of early
death by 20% by losing weight. The good news? Even small weight losses provided big health
- "There will always be tall, skinny people and short, stocky people. Thats out
of our control. What we can do is exercise regularly, follow good health practices, and
live life to the fullest." - Steven Blair, PED, director of research
at the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas
- Quote from Cinder Ernst, one of the individuals spotlighted in the article: "Size
is irrelevant. To me, fitness is functional. Can you function with joy and ease in your
life? Do you have the endurance, strength and flexibility to fully participate in life the
way you want to?"
* Dr. Steven Blair, director of research, Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
** For more information on this conference please click here.
Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD
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