Thursday, May 9, 2019

Losing Weight and Having Community Support

I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Novo Nordisk to write about the realities of obesity as a chronic disease. All opinions are my own. This is a sponsored post.

One of the reasons I was asked to work with Med-IQ on this campaign about obesity is because I’m a public health professor. The reason I really wanted to do it is because for the past couple of years, all of us who hang out together on the Rants from Mommyland Facebook page, or more recently in the Rants private group, have been each other’s health accountability buddies. 

It usually starts in January, when the busy holiday seasons ends and we all catch our breath for a minute. Then I get one of those annoying post cards in the mail, reminding me it’s time to get my feet cleaned or get a mammogram. So I start posting about it and my online friends post back. 

We’re (most of us) parents. And that means we put everyone else first and our own best interests last. One of the things that Med-IQ stressed in discussing obesity was the “importance of supportive relationships and a sense of community in successful health and weight management.  Involve others in healthy behaviors, such as walking with friends or exercise buddies or cooking with family.”

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