Final_Health_Paper[1] - Krista Ammons Health 110; Personal...

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Krista Ammons Health 110; Personal Health and Wellness Spring 2007 Mrs. Kathy Jones Council, MPH Date Due: February 8, 2007
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Trading in the Pot Belly for Good I have heard of the freshman fifteen. I have also experienced the freshman fifteen times two. According to the article “Avoiding the Freshman 15 (2006),” the freshman fifteen is a phrase for weight gain a lot of college students experience within their first year of college (p.1). My first year as a college student I was, away from home, stressed, and inactive I literally fed my emotions. I would consume “comfort” foods that led me into gaining thirty pounds. My physician told me I was at a healthy weight, which I thought was fine. My friends and family noticed the thirty pounds a little differently. They did not call it healthy weight gain but fat. I didn’t notice the weight so much at first; it as when people kept brining it to my attention. I became depressed not knowing how to get out of the whole I ate myself into. On top of the over eating I was also inactive. Inactivity I’ve come to learn is the number one reason for obesity ( Focus on Health , 2007, p.150). I would further my conundrum by watching models that weighed in at a cool hundred and fifteen pounds swanker along winning the heart of a gorgeous man. I could have shot myself. How was I going to get that skinny again? I used to be naturally skinny. I never had to watch what I ate and I definitely did not have to exercise. How do these models do it? I thought for a while. I could stop eating altogether. That lasted about fourteen hours. I could put my finger down my throat. Nothing would ever come up. Last I tried several different diet pills; they all made my heart race and left me very fatigued. I was doomed to stay at my current weight with my pot belly.
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I never realized how much the media influenced me into seeing my body as over weight until this year. Over the summer I was hospitalized resulting in my loss of ten pounds. I noticed the things that I was unable to eat and do while being in the hospital. I wasn’t given fast food, fatty snacks, or alcohol. I began to like my body. I began to see the models on T.V. as too skinny. For the first time in a long time I could walk into a room confident with my body. Why had I not felt this way before? Why did I feel that I needed to be overly skinny? After reading Focus on Health I began to understand why. The passage on body image and self-concept caught my attention when I read, “The media tell people that being overweight is undesirable and that they should conform to certain ideal body images” (p.140). It went on to point out that “…the average actress and model is thinner that 95 percent of the female population and weighs 23 percent less than the average woman” (p.140). The psychological impact that the media had won me into believing was unreal. Around age nineteen I had began to diet and take supplements that promised me I would become skinny overnight. Focus on Health
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