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How Do You Know If a School Backpack Is Too Heavy?

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Backpacks can vary greatly in size, and Cameron also says it's a balance between finding one large enough without overwhelming the person wearing it. As well, the pack should be worn in line with the hip bones rather than being higher up the back or lower down on the buttocks.

How Yoga Helps You Lose Weight

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

With the upsurge of yoga, people always ask me if yoga actually works for weight loss. We see the pictures of yoga bodies in attractive yoga clothing and start to wonder... If yoga actually works, how does it work?

How To Conquer Emotional Eating After a Breakup

Abby Langer | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Speaking of meals, surround yourself with people who love you, and have meals with them. Have them over and prepare a meal or have them bring something. More points for friends and family who actually eat well, so you don't get a bucket of KFC and pint of sympathy ice cream for your dinner.

It's Time to Kill the "Ideal Body Weight"

Abby Langer | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

My opinion even about weighing clients on a regular basis may not be popular with some people, but truth be told, I don't like doing it. Indiscriminately doling out ideal body weights based on random charts and logarithms can be a loaded situation because it sets the client and me up for failure.

Redefine Your Own Beauty

Darlena Cunha | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Quite a few years ago, now, I had a slight moment of fame. I was driving to work (yeah, I used to work!) and on my 45-minute commute, I heard the morn...

What Peaches Geldof's Tragic Death Can Teach Us About Body Image

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

At 25 and a new mother, Peaches Geldof should have had a few fleshy parts that would eventually gone away as she chased her toddlers through the park this spring and summer. Or they may not have. And it should not have mattered to Peaches Geldof or anyone else if they were there through the fall and into the winter or the middle of next year.

How to Tell If You're an Emotional Eater

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Most of us can relate to feeling sad or moody, and having a piece of chocolate as a pick-me-up. Many of us do this because we may be blissfully distant or unaware of our emotions. Below, I will describe the difference between emotional eating and physiological eating. Here are some tell-tale signs that we are emotionally eating.

The Surprising Health Benefits of Lifting Heavy Weights

Lee Boyce | Posted 12.07.2013 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Making muscles grow does involve weight training -- to that I'll agree. But stay with me. It also involves lifting weights at a particular intensity (that means how heavy the weights are), combined with a particular volume (that means just how many sets of a given exercise you do in each workout). Remove one of those two factors, and your muscles won't grow.

Dear Mom, Believe Me When I Say You're Beautiful

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

My mother came out of the clothing store change room wearing a long-sleeved pink sweatshirt. When she came out, smiling at me, I could tell she felt confident. Her smile vanished the second she saw herself. "I look fat." It's a difficult feeling to describe, when you see your mother so wounded by her own reflection.

The Other Side of Saturated Fats: Health Benefits of a Fat Rich Diet

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

Saturated fats have been demonized for decades as "unhealthy" and a major contributor to heart disease. While some saturated fatty acids may have an...

It's Not the Bad Food That Gets Me, But the Good Desserts

Mary Dimino | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Mary Dimino

I'm fairly health conscious. Oatmeal for breakfast, whole grain breads, salad, chicken, tuna, salmon. I know what to do. It's not the bad food that trips me up. It's the good desserts. What's incomprehensible to me is the idea of having a fantastic dinner without dessert. It finalizes the whole process.

Why Public Health Activists Want to Hide Inconvenient Truths

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

After studying about three million cases, the authors of a new study found that for people who are older than 60, having a body-mass index (BMI) that ranks you as overweight may reduce your mortality risk. And while obese people had a greater mortality risk over all, those at the lowest level of obesity were not more likely to die during a given period than people of normal weight. The reception to this data has not been kind.

Why I Skip Breakfast to Maintain my Weight

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

It may come as a shock to you, but I always skip breakfast. Instead of rushing to prepare a large breakfast every morning, I practice intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting consists of fasting for a minimum of 16 hours per day. It is a simple dietary approach to achieve longevity, better health, and fitness performance.

Confessions of a Sugar Addict

Kiesha James | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Living
Kiesha James

You make me feel better. You're there for me. You do not judge me. But then I crash. I struggle to be honest with the problem. I see 205 flash before me. 175. 190. 130. 145. 150. 140. The fluctuations indicative that the real issue is not me and not you, but the abuse. Hello, I am a sugar addict.

Parents, Your Fat Talk and Calorie Counting Is Setting Your Kids Up For a Lifetime of Pain

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

One fifteen-year-old girl shared that her father will eat the french fries off her plate while explaining that he's trying to save her from getting fat. There are so many parents who believe that they're helping their kids by constantly offering diet advice when they may be setting them up for lifelong battles with food.

Why I Kicked My Scale to the Curb

BeauCoo | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Living
BeauCoo

My scale and I have always had a love-hate relationship. The day I kicked my scale to the curb was a day I felt a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. Here's the thing about scales. They are sneaky and full of trickery. They can't always be trusted. Here are five signs you need to reconsider your relationship with your scale.

Fit Shaming: Not a Marathoner? That's OK!

Sandra Charron | Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

The fitness revolution nicknamed "Fitspo," would have people believing that perfectly sculpted bodies are the new thin. It would have you thinking that if you aren't training for a marathon or a body building competition then you're doomed to a life of heart disease and metabolic issues. I'm here to tell you that all of that is false. It's nonsense.

Weight Loss Tips From Around the World

Rose Reisman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

North America has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. The reasons are multi-faceted. Fast food; super sizing; convenience; lack of exercise; work schedules; no time; family demands and stress. People from other countries have similar factors in their lives but manage to keep their body weights at a healthier level. So what are their secrets?

Too Fat For Fashion?

Hallae Khosravi | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Style
Hallae Khosravi

I have gained some weight and am at my biggest to date in these 22 years. At this size, the only way I'm participating in any of the new fashions is if I get some serious alterations, mainly in the booty region. The worst part about my struggle with ill-fitting clothes was that I didn't want anyone to think less of me as a fashionista. I am ashamed that my concern with my weight gain was not my health or well-being, but what I could no longer wear nor buy.

Men And Women Think About THIS 3 Times A Day

2 For Couples | Neil Morton | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada Living

Thinking about your weight regularly -- and even daily? You're not alone. A troubling new study from Travelodge in the UK reveals the extent of...

Five "Diet" Foods That May Be Making You Gain Weight

Rose Reisman | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

So often we're led to believe that certain foods we consider healthy are also "diet" foods. For example fruits, vegetables, olive oils, lean protein, yogurts, marinades or anything labelled low fat, low calorie or low sugar have to constitute a healthier diet. But just don't take these foods at face value. You have to be careful of how you consume them. Check out these top five culprits.

How to Raise a Confident Girl in a World of Photoshopped Models

Erika Katz | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

My daughter does not even read magazines but the girls on television that are popular are impossibly thin while the heavier girl is either funny or obnoxious. These images trickle into our children's minds and they meanly call other kids fat or tell them they are not pretty. As a parent, how do you build your child's self esteem when it feels the world is trying to destroy it? Here are some tips that I have found really help girls to be positive and confident.

How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind

Natasha Koifman | Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

By a certain age we've all been through the gamut of weight-loss, weight-gain, varying degrees of fitness, healthiness and self-esteem. Legend has it there's a magical age at which you become reconciled with who you are and how you look. This is partly true...

Tax Junk Science, Not Junk Food

Patrick Luciani | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Patrick Luciani

The media has jumped on a paper that has supposedly found a link between taxing "junk food" and a reduction in obesity. News flash: this is old news. We know that simplistic top-down approaches such as taxation or public announcements telling us to exercise and eat our vegetables don't work.

Stigmatizing the Obese Hurts Everyone

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Prejudices against the overweight seem to develop early. One study found that children as young as three years of age believed fat people were "mean, stupid, ugly, and had few friends." People suffering from emotional distress in connection with weight problems are much less likely to succeed in their efforts to improve their health. For our society in general, a shift in attitude would help.