Can You Credit/Blame Your Mom for Your Body? by Jenn Walters 3 Comments It’s a funny part of (mostly female) human behavior (mostly female): Pear-shaped ladies wish they had better legs, and apple-shaped lassies wish they had the abs of a pear. Oh, how the grass is always greener on the other side. But if you ever thought that your genes were to blame for your body shape and there was no way that you wouldn’t end up looking like your dear mother later in life, think again. New research shows that personal choices and environment can still have a significant effect on your body. Sure, 80 percent of your size comes down to genetics, but that extra 20 percent is a lot for you to tweak to make you your best you. Love the body you’re in (and your mom’s)!
Skinny Fat by Erin Whitehead 2 Comments We all know that just because someone is thin, it doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is healthy, just as someone carrying a few extra pounds can be given a clean bill of health. But can you be a normal weight and fat at the same time? Signs point to yes, says the Magic 8-Ball. A recent Mayo Clinic study suggests that even in people with a normal body size (body mass index), those with a high percentage of body fat were at a greater risk of future heart problems than those with low body-fat percentages. The study shows that as many as 30 million Americans may fall into this “normal weight obesity” category and may be unaware of their heart-health risks because the scale looks fine and their BMIs are in a normal range. One more thing to watch in the battle of the bulge. Jenn Walters and Erin Whitehead jointly publish Fit Bottomed Girls. To read more of their thoughts on lifestyle choices and fitness go to Fit Bottomed Girls
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