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April 19, 2012

By Alison Turner, Contributing Columnist




3. The Early Twenties: A Crucial Time for Women to Establish
Healthy Habits.
 Though Kate Winslet began her acting career as
“Blubber,” by the time she wowed the world as Rose in Titanic,
she was happy enough with her body to do those memorable
nude scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio.  Though these scenes
surprised media and viewers because of her supposed “fuller
figure,” she was certainly no Blubber.  Research from Australia
shows that for women, the ages between 18 and 23 (Kate’s age
group when she acted as Rose) may be a time of particular
significance when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight for
the long term.  

In 2002, Kylie Ball and colleagues at the School of Health
Sciences at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia,  sampled
8,726 Australian women between the ages of 18 and 23.  
Lifestyle habits, height and weight were observed for a period
of four years, the data of which showed that less than half of
these women “maintained their weight over this 4 year period
in their early twenties.”  Discouragingly, “findings of
widespread weight gain, particularly among those already
overweight, suggest that early adulthood, which is a time of
significant life changes for many women, may be an important
time for implementing strategies to promote maintenance of
healthy weight.”  The team particularly suggests that these
“strategies” could include “decreased sitting time” and “less
takeaway food consumption.”

Kate certainly wasn’t doing a lot of sitting around in her early
twenties (what with all that struggling through the rushing
waters in a sinking ship), and she’s not one for excessive
amounts of takeout food (see below).  Getting a hold on her
fitness and nutrition in her early twenties has surely contributed
to her current maintenance of a healthy weight.

4. Private Nutritionists Work For Weight Loss!  (And Those of
Us on An Economic Diet Can Simply Cook More For Ourselves).  
After moving to New York in 2004, Kate Winslet “shed four
stones” (56 pounds) that she had put on when pregnant,
reaching a size eight.  How? how? how? many of us demand.   
In this particular case, Winslet slimmed and trimmed with “the
careful supervision of a nutritionist.”    Hiring a nutritionist,
sadly, may not be an option for those of us who are not mega
movie stars.  However, there is something that the common
weight-loser can do to produce a similar, though more
economical effect: cooking our own meals and going out less
seems to help people lose weight.



























In 2009, a large team of researchers working with the
Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics at
the University of Athens Medical School in Greece  compared the
nutrient patterns of people who dine out versus eat at home
amongst 36,034 people in ten European countries.  Participants
completed a complete, 24 hours “dietary recall” on a software
program.  Results showed that amongst women, eating out
“contributed more to total fat intake than to intakes of protein
and carbohydrates,” as well as “more sugar and starch intakes
and less total fibre intake.”  Of course, we can choose to order
salad instead of pizza when we dine out…but this study shows
that for most women, that is not what is happening.

Another study conducted by Klazine van der Horst and
colleagues at the Institute for Environmental Decisions and
Consumer Behavior in Zurich,  looked at how the weight and
health of people who cook compares to those of people who
purchase “ready-meals” (you know, the ones you unwrap and
put in the microwave or oven).  

Using the data from over 1,000 adults living in Switzerland, the
team found that cooking skills (or, rather, the use of those
skills) is associated with likeliness to purchase ready-made
meals, as well as nutrition in general.  More specifically, there is
a “degradation of traditional cooking skills” and a “dislike” for
cooking was associated with less consumption of fruits and
vegetables.

Additionally, people who are overweight perceived ready-meals
as “containing more vitamins and nutrients” and had a higher
ready-meal intake compared with “normal weight
respondents.”  

If you can’t afford your own nutritionist, it doesn’t mean that
your only option is to rush into the drive through on your way
home from work.  As this study shows, cooking (learning to
cook, if you’re not quite there yet), educates the cooker/diner
about nutrition, and helps to keep down rates of obesity.  
5. The Facial Analysis Diet: Kate’s Best Weight Loss Tool?
After the birth of Kate Winslet’s daughter, Mia, Kate lost 56
pounds, which she allegedly did with a nutritionist (see above),
and with her face: that is, with the Facial Analysis Diet.  
Responding to the Facial Analysis Diet, Winslet said that “The
weight just dropped off, my skin’s much better; I never feel
tired.  I just feel great.”  These words sound like something all
of us would like to feel – but can we really get there using
nothing but our face?
The Facial Analysis Diet is the product of nutritionist Elizabeth
Gibaud (Kate Winslet, the loyal benefactor of this diet, wrote
the introduction to Gibaud’s book, The Facial Analysis Diet).  
Facial analysis is based on German theories that are related to
biochemistry; the tone, texture,  shape, lines, wrinkles, and
other changes in the face are analyzed, through which the
condition of internal organs in the body are diagnosed.  (For
example, red or puffy cheeks may the sign of lactose
intolerance).  The data from the face can also purportedly
signify an imbalance of minerals within the body.  Once you
know your face type (the guidelines for which are in the book),
you are given a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid.
It’s possible that our faces reveal more than we thought about
our bodies.  But we have to ask – does having a particularly
attractive face (like that of, say, Kate Winslet) make it easier to
lose weight with our face?  
6. Ditch the Booze for a Fitter Bod.  One part of Kate’s current
health regime may be sobering to some of us: Kate avoids
alcohol.    Alcohol is disappointingly high in calories (a glass of
wine has about 80 calories, and a shot of liquor about 55 ), and
research from 2008 suggests that the lifestyle in females that
drink alcohol may have something to do with weight gain.

In 2008, doctors with the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, including
Dr. Catherine Berkey with the first , examined if the regular
consumption of alcoholic beverages promoted weight gain in
more than 5,000 girls from the ages 14 to 21.  Results showed
that more alcohol was associated with “increases in body mass
index.”  In particular, females over the age of 18 who
consumed two or more servings of alcohol every week “gained
more body mass index” at a rate that translates to four pounds
every year.

Whether or not Kate picked up her tee-totaling habit in her
early twenties, it seems to work for her now, as well.  In
vino…no weight loss?  Yet another sacrifice some of us may
need to make.
7. Out with the Processed Food, in With the Weight Loss.  As
good as we remember things like Twinkies to be, with all of the
information about how bad processed foods are for our bodies,
it’s almost hard to imagine how frequently (most of us) put
them into our bodies when we were younger (fine, and maybe
sometimes even now).  Winslet has listened to the many
anathemas against processed food, and currently stays away all
of them.  Instead, she chooses to eat natural, healthy foods.   
It may be difficult to isolate how processed foods effect the
diets of Americans because most of eat so many other foods as
well.  Accordingly, in 2009 Abay Asfaw with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention studied how the introduction of
processed food to people who hadn’t had them before affected
the weight of these people.   Asfaw analyzed the “nutrition
transition,” that is, the shift from whole grains to “highly and
partially processed foods” that is happening all over the world,
in Guatemala.  The results showed that a 10% increase in
partially processed foods or highly processed foods in the diets
of Guatemalans increased the Body Mass Index of family
members by almost 4%, and 4.25%, respectively.  The report
concludes that increasing processed foods in the diet “could be
one of the major risk factors” for obesity.
If we want to lose or maintain weight, it seems we have to
leave the Twinkies in the past and turn to a more wholesome,
slimmer future.

8.   
Self-Acceptance: The Winslet Way.  ‘I’ve decided I am going
to start loving my backside” Kate Winslet declared in an
interview with Daily Mail.

This statement reminds us of how gracefully Winslet handled
the criticism for her “full-figure” in the nude scenes in Titanic.  
Indeed, it could not have been easy for the former “Blubber” to
have her body analyzed so critically.  However, Winslet’s self-
esteem and acceptance of her own body have made her an
inspiration for women everywhere.  

Research by Eleni Epiphanoui with King’s College London and
Jane Ogden at the University of Surrey, shows that one of the
best ways to keep weight off is to do exactly what Kate does: to
accept, and enjoy, your healthier self,  even if others find bits to
criticize.  

The work done by the two Brits in 2010 looked at ten women
who had lost at least ten percent of their weight from work at a
slimming club.  The team found an “identity shift” in these
women after they lost weight, from a “previous restrained self
towards a liberated individual,” which may be what has helped
the women to keep off their lost weight for at least a year (at
the time of study).  While it might seem too cheesy for some of
us, it seems that taking care of your body is best achieved after
learning to love your body.

Accepting her body today (and leaving “Blubber” in the past),
Kate now reports to be “reconciled to her appearance.”  This
reconciliation also allows her to enjoy the occasional “favorite
Saturday night dinner” with her family: fish and chips.    We can
take care of our bodies, and part of this is occasionally indulging
ourselves.  

9.
Exercise: But Nothing Crazy.  Perhaps Kate Winslet says it
best, regarding exercise and weight loss:  “A little bit of running
on the treadmill every now and then helps. It bores the hell out
of me, but you’ve got to do it.”   

Winslet even exercised dutifully during the Facial Analysis Diet
(see above), though the diet itself does not require exercise.    
It may be paying off for Kate to have (walked or ran) that extra
mile.

We have all heard time and again that exercise is a good way to
lose weight, and this was confirmed again in a 2011 study by
researchers at McGill University in Montreal, other institutions in
Quebec, and the University of Minnisota, including Adrian
Thorogood with the first,  who tested whether or not aerobic
exercise on its own (when not used with diet changes, for
example) really is a good way to lose weight.  

The team analyzed data from over 1800 obese patients who
underwent aerobic exercise programs from 12 weeks to 12
months long.  These programs were associated with “modest”
reductions in weight and waist circumference.  It is the
“modest” weight loss that leads the team to conclude that mild
or moderate, isolated aerobic exercise is “not an effective
weight loss therapy” – better if exercise is in conjunction with
diets, they urge.  

The bad news, is that it seems we need to pair exercise with
diet if we want to lose weight.  The good news is that we don’t
need to run marathons to keep off the pounds – just look at
Winslet’s “little but of running” and see how well it’s worked
for her.

10.  
Weight Loss: A Position of Privilege?   We’ve all heard that
back in the “old days” a large figure was a sign of wealth; now,
of course, the tables have turned, and it seems that the only
way (or, perhaps the easiest way), to stay thin is to have the
money for trainers, the education for healthy food choices, and
the time to focus on our bodies.  

While women like Kate Winslet certainly work hard to maintain
their figures, a study in 2005 reveals that race and education
have a lot to do with the odds of a woman’s weight change in
midlife.

The study was performed by doctors from various departments
with the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Kaiser
Permanente in Oakland, including Tené T. Lewis with the
Department of Preventive Medicine at the first,  and was a
response to the increasing rates of obesity in the United States.  

The team examined race and three “levels” of education (high
school or less, some college, and college degree or more) on
Body Mass Index and the changes in that
BMI over four years
in over 2,000 middle-aged African American and white women.  
Results showed that there were “significant” race and
education interactions in terms of body mass index.  For
example, when compared to white women, African American
women had higher BMIs, “but only at the moderate and highest
level of education.”  

Interestingly, at the lowest level of education, BMI were similar
amongst both races.  The team concludes that “for middle-aged
women, racial disparities in BMI are largely patterned by
education, with the greatest disparities observed at higher
levels of education.”  Furthermore, their data suggested that
“these race-education patterns are set in place and well
established before midlife.”

What does this mean? Well, it doesn't mean that women of
certain races are destined to be heavy. It means that all of us
had better work hard at identifying which external factors --job
stresses, family stresses or something else --may set us up for
weight gain as we age.   


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