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She Loses, He LosesThe Truth about Men, Women, and Weight LossKAREN MILLER-KOVACH, MS, RDJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.ffirs.qxp 2/8/07 9:34 AM Page iiiffirs.qxp 2/8/07 9:34 AM Page iiShe Loses, He Losesffirs.qxp 2/8/07 9:34 AM Page iffirs.qxp 2/8/07 9:34 AM Page iiShe Loses, He LosesThe Truth about Men, Women, and Weight LossKAREN MILLER-KOVACH, MS, RDJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.ffirs.qxp 2/8/07 9:34 AM Page iiiCopyright © 2007 by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All rights reservedPublished by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New JerseyPublished simultaneously in CanadaWiley Bicentennial Logo: Richard J. PacificoDesign and composition by Navta Associates, Inc.No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in anyform or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise,except as permitted under Section 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act, withouteither the prior written permission of the Publisher, or authorization through payment of theappropriate per-copy fee to the Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA01923, (978) 750-8400, fax (978) 646-8600, or on the web at www.copyright.com. Requests to thePublisher for permission should be addressed to the Permissions Department, John Wiley & Sons,Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030, (201) 748-6011, fax (201) 748-6008, or online athttp://www.wiley.com/go/permissions.The information contained in this book is not intended to serve as a replacement for professionalmedical advice. Any use of the information in this book is at the reader’s discretion.The authorand the publisher specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from theuse or application of any information contained in this book. A health care professional shouldbe consulted regarding your specific situation.For general information about our other products and services, please contact our Customer Care Department within the United States at (800) 762-2974, outside the United States at (317)572-3993 or fax (317) 572-4002.Wiley also publishes its books in a variety of electronic formats. Some content that appears inprint may not be available in electronic books. For more information about Wiley products, visitour web site at www.wiley.com.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:Weight watchers she loses, he loses : the truth about men, women, and weight loss / Weight Watchers.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-0-470-10046-2 (cloth)1. Weight loss—Sex differences. I. Weight Watchers International.RM222.2.W3252 2007613.2'5—dc22 2006036225Printed in the United States of America10987654321ffirs.qxp 2/8/07 9:34 AM Page ivAcknowledgments viiChapter 1 Weight Is Not Just a Female Issue 1Chapter 2 The Weight-Health Connection: How the Genders Differ 9Chapter 3 When and How the Mirror Lies 33Chapter 4 He’s Fit, She’s Thin: The Language of Weight Loss 49Chapter 5 Why Guys Lose Weight Faster 69Chapter 6 Dress Sizes, Belt Notches, and Other Weight-Loss Triggers: Why We Lose Weight 87Chapter 7 How We Lose Weight: The Two Sexes Do It Differently 105Chapter 8 Women and Men Need to Eat Fewer Calories: What Works and What Doesn’t 121vContentsftoc.qxp 2/8/07 9:35 AM Page vChapter 9 Move More to Keep It Off 143Chapter 10 Support: Everybody Needs Some 163Chapter 11 Couples Win the Weight-Loss Race 181Chapter 12 Living Healthy: Lifestyle Is Key 201Sources 213Credits 231Index 233vi CONTENTSftoc.qxp 2/8/07 9:35 AM Page viAny book coming from Weight Watchers is a team effort, and She Loses,He Loses: The Truth about Men, Women, and Weight Loss is no exception.This book compiles the insights, feedback, experiences, and sciencefrom dozens of sources, including a number of Weight Watchers lead-ers and Weight Watchers CEO Linda Huett.The credit for putting it alltogether in such a masterful and creative way goes to Jodie Shield, whois an MED, RD, and writer extraordinaire.A special note of appreciation to the couples who generously pro-vided their stories for the “Couples Close Up”profiles. As you can tellfrom their pictures, these are real people. Unlike the people describedin the introductory stories used to open the chapters and the Real-LifeLessons (which I’ve answered based on an amalgamation of anecdotesand questions from a variety of sources), these men and women gaveus both information and inspiration, making the contents of the bookcome alive. Thank you.Thanks, too, to the Weight Watchers Global Development Team,including Ute Gerwig, Norma Larkin, Sabrina LeBlanc, Palma Posillico,viiAcknowledgmentsflast.qxp 2/8/07 9:36 AM Page viiJane Waterhouse, and Sarah Watson, for their insights and contri-butions as we delved into the Weight Watchers vault of consumerresearch.Finally, a note of appreciation to Nancy Gagliardi from the WeightWatchers Publishing Group and Tom Miller from John Wiley & Sons.Thanks for doing all that it takes to turn a concept into a manuscriptand finally into a book.viii ACKNOWLEDGMENTSflast.qxp 2/8/07 9:36 AM Page viii[...]... diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and infertility Women can help guys reduce their risk of those problems by sharing information and helping them see the light the fact that losing weight will lower their health risks Here’s an update on the four conditions, along with the many health benefits that weight loss has to offer women and men Type 2 Diabetes The link between excess weight and type 2... Over the years, Weight Watchers has learned a few things about 1 c01.qxp 2/8/07 2 9:37 AM Page 2 WEIGHT WATCHERS SHE LOSES, HE LOSES what makes people tick when it comes to weight issues One of the lessons that has been most illuminating is the gaps between the sexes The gender gap on the topic of weight is broader and deeper than that on just about any other health-related issue Despite the huge negative... with their weight and overall body image And most women’s dissatisfaction with their weight starts early in life and lasts throughout adulthood Why? The answer lies, at least in part, in our cultural obsession with female thinness Weight Watchers researchers often hear women say that they feel that others judge them more on their appearance (how thin and attractive they are) than on who they are and. .. that excess weight has on men and women alike, there has not been much medical or clinical research that has tried to understand the differences in how men and women think about weight, talk about their weight- related concerns, or approach weight loss This book examines what is known about women, men, and weight loss By exploring the differences, it seeks to provide an understanding of how the genders... their way to the big event They had eloped about three years before, so this would be Ann’s first time meeting many members of the Collins clan Ann was extremely nervous about going to the reunion Even though she had lost some weight, she was still a large woman, and she cringed at the thought of Mike’s family seeing her in a bathing suit She had started losing weight in part because she and Mike were... at the overweight c02.qxp 2/8/07 9:39 AM Page 13 THE WEIGHT HEALTH CONNECTION 13 or obese level For most studies, the risk of a negative health consequence increases as the individuals in the study go from being overweight to being obese For most people, the BMI is a good indicator of the amount of body fat we have, and when it comes to weight and health, excess body fat is the crux of the problem... there, but the easiest and most common way involves placing a tape measure around the waist just above the hips while standing Health risk increases when the waist circumference exceeds 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men The bottom line for women and men: know your BMI and waistcircumference numbers If they are too high, it’s time to take action and lose weight FROM A WOMAN’S VIEWPOINT BMI AND. .. twelve years, Weight Watchers has amassed a lot of market research that has looked specifically at how the genders differ in the way they think about, talk about, and approach weight loss In fact, Weight Watchers probably has more information on this topic than any other organization in the world For the first time, the company has opened its vault of unpublished proprietary information and is including... weight- loss program and had developed a keen interest in diet and health Mike and Ann arrived at the picnic, and everybody loved Ann In fact, she felt right at home because from what she could tell, the majority of Mike’s family was overweight, too She spent the entire afternoon getting to know Mike’s siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and ninetyyear-old grandmother Everyone filled her in on the family... for him to lose weight Lisa, however, gives the credit to Weight Watchers: “Unlike other weight- loss programs, Weight Watchers teaches you how to eat, and that is something you can live with forever.” 24 c02.qxp 2/8/07 9:39 AM Page 25 THE WEIGHT HEALTH CONNECTION 25 Excess Weight: The Psychological Impact There is no debate; excess weight is bad for your health But what many women and men don’t realize . from Weight Watchers is a team effort, and She Loses, He Loses: The Truth about Men, Women, and Weight Loss is no exception.This book compiles the insights,. ii She Loses, He Losesffirs.qxp 2/8/07 9:34 AM Page iffirs.qxp 2/8/07 9:34 AM Page ii She Loses, He Loses The Truth about Men, Women, and Weight Loss KAREN
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