All started by a woman in the 60's who was "desperate to lose weight" and described herself at this point in her life as "an overweight woman, married to an overweight husband, surrounded by overweight friends". From the beginning, she knew group support was the answer and founded Weight Watchers International!
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Article 6 in our series:
"HEALTHY AT ANY WEIGHT IS A LIE
WHAT COMES FIRST, SADNESS OR OBESITY
Your body is a whole. Anxiety and Obesity are related.
You're unhappy?
And it's weight-related ...
It's simple
Eat good food
Move a little more.
Be Mindful and at the end of the day
Sleep well after putting in a full day!
We have to address our whole selves.
This week we're talking about obesity, anxiety, unhappiness ... and the relationship between the three.
Lots of questions and answers are needed before we take that big step toward getting healthy!
We have answers but you will have to discover your own "WHY"!

1. If I have depression am I at risk for Obesity?
People with sadness or anxiety may experience weight gain due to their condition. Unhappiness and sad feeling associated with anxiety can both be associated with overeating, poor food choices, and a more sedentary lifestyle. Over time, weight gain may eventually lead to obesity. About 43% of adults with depression have obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And they say adults who’ve been diagnosed with depression are more likely to be overweight than those who aren't. What comes first, the chicken (obesity) or the egg (anxiety)?
Better food choices = better Mindset.
2. If obesity has already been diagnosed, am I at risk for depression?
Obesity is often associated with emotional issues, such as sadness, anxiety, and depression. One 2010 study by trusted Source found that people who had obesity had a 55% greater risk of developing depression over the course of their life than people who didn’t have obesity. Obesity and other weight conditions can also lead to physical health problems. This includes:
These conditions are also risk factors for depression.
Weight loss has a dramatic effect on all 3 plus more.
3. Does stress factor into this?
Stress is absolutely a factor in both obesity and unhappiness. Chronic anxiety, for example, can lead to depression. Likewise, stress can make someone more likely to turn to food as a coping mechanism. That can lead to weight gain and eventually obesity. Stress reduction is one of the first-line treatments for both depression and obesity.
When you’re able to handle the emotions related to your stress and anxiety, you can more easily tackle other issues that can lead to both depression and obesity.
4. Do we know what perpetuates this cycle of obesity and unhappiness?
It isn’t clear how this vicious circle turns, but it is clear that obesity and unhappiness are linked. For years, researchers were hesitant to connect the two, but as study results became clear, anecdotal reports have turned into hard science.
Today, it’s well understood that obesity can increase your risk of being unhappy, and vice versa. The goal is to address both your physical and emotional needs.
The body is a whole. We need to treat it as such.
5. Could the way we eat be to blame?
Many look at obesity as a common side effect of being unhappy. Likewise, some diets can lead to emotional ups and downs that can cause or worsen depression. Look, carbs are the most important source of energy for your body. Without them, “diet” has a lot of opportunities for failure or setbacks. This can challenge a person who’s already dealing with self-worth issues. However, with a team of experts and positive friends to boost your enthusiasm and guide you, encourage you, and hold you accountable, it’s possible to find a program that works for both conditions.
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Season Changes ... How Our Bodies Respond?
We're already affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder due to changes in seasons which begin and end at about the same time every year ... on top of the weight that we may still be carrying since 2020!
A consequence of seasonal changes that many people experience, is increased weight.
Like many other mammals, humans are known to store fat during the winter months. On a scientific level, this is due to the fact that, during the seasonal change between late summer
and early fall, our bodies increase their insulin resistance. This causes our livers to increase fat production so that we can store fat in our tissues and be better prepared for the winter. The best way to combat weight gain is through a conscious routine of planning. That includes Food, Activity, Mindset and Sleep. Sounds like Weight Watchers!
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Dear Members of
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Sometimes we receive an email regarding the contents of the weekly Newsletter.

Not very often, but since we started on the Obesity and Health Series, a Member complained we "fat shame". A second said we were de-motivating by addressing the health issues associated with overweight and obesity. Another said, Leave "those people" alone! Those people are us. That's it. Just three complaints but they matter. The letters are taking a change though! We're receiving "Thank you's" coming, (Thanks Sister!) as well as personal victories.

In one case, A medical professional also got in touch and thanked us for making people aware of the dangers of obesity. She wrote to say, she did not know the association between uterine cancer and obesity until after she had a hysterectomy.

As Weight Watchers Members ourselves, we research the most compelling ideas and best tips to motivate, us because they have to motivate us before we pass on the info to you ... keep going or get started taking care of our health and losing weight!

What we write comes from experts, but behind every word is our personal victories, letdowns, struggles, and highlights that are all a part of taking charge of our lives--no one's going to do it for us!

Feel free anytime to send a note-- even when you may not like what we're saying, (maybe we showed a gain on the scale!😉) at least we know you are reading!

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How to Make Grocery Shopping Easier
Maze-like aisles. Long lines. A dizzying amount of alternative mylks. Shopping for groceries can sometimes feel like a real-life version of Supermarket Sweep. (Minus the fun and prizes.) So we're ringing up our 10 favorite tips for making it less stressful and more fruitful—for your wallet and your well-being.

Before You Shop
Make a meal plan
We’ve all gone to Target for one thing...and come home with 10. To reduce your risk of rolling home with five bags of Peeps and veggies, make a list ahead of time—and make it strategic by basing it on a meal plan. Think about what you're going to cook for the week ahead, then take inventory of what you already have and what you actually need to buy. This way, you’ll shop more efficiently and be less likely to impulse-buy, explains Leslie Fink, MS, RD, nutritionist and recipe editor at WW.

Scope out the specials
Who doesn’t love a great deal? But buying something just because it’s on sale could steer you off track. Instead, look at your store’s weekly specials while you meal plan. And if you’re not sure how you might incorporate certain on-sale items, use the “What’s in Your Fridge?” feature in the WW app. Select the ingredients and you’ll see all the tasty recipes you can make with them.

Build your list based on a layout
Try organizing your list by where items are located in your grocery store. This will shave time off your trip (no more doubling back to the produce section for a lone avocado) and help you stick with your planned meals and snacks.

Have a backup
One thing your fridge should always be stocked with? An easy, fuss-free meal you can turn to on nights you're tired, stressed, overwhelmed, or all of the above. It’s that much easier to stick to your plan when you have the ingredients to back you up. Not sure where to start? This shopping list covers the basics.

Don’t go hungry
You might feel tempted to grab all of the baked goods if it’s been a while since your last bite. To prevent your grumbling stomach from leading you off-script, Fink recommends scheduling your next trip after lunch or stashing a protein bar in your bag. For more pre-shopping snack inspo, check out 25 of our favorite healthier snack ideas.

Get rewarded
To max out on savings, enroll in your go-to store’s rewards program before you shop. While the perks differ based on where you go, you may be able to earn points for every dollar you spend, access special pricing, and more.
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This week's letter from DebW
General Manager and Voice of Philadelphia
September 14, 2022

Hello Philadelphia Members,
 
I’m one of those freaks of nature that enjoys grocery shopping. This is most likely rooted in my lifelong fascination with all food. My Mother swears I intently watched the whole process of preparing the turkey for Thanksgiving when I was less than one year old.
 
Grocery shopping while working on our weight loss can be challenging. The added chore of calculating the POINTS for an item not routinely purchased adds time to a chore and time is not something we all have any extra of. Add to that the common practice of herding us to the self-checkout and we’re just DONE.
 
Making a list is always a good idea, then we continue to deal with the lack of items on the shelves, making our menu planning for the week that much harder. No wonder Door Dash and Uber Eats make a killing.
 
Sometimes I wish I had the ability to shop daily as many Europeans do. Being able to browse the market and buy what is on sale, fresh and appealing and then create one’s meal sounds like a great idea but doesn’t work for my busy working lifestyle. I shop once a week early on the weekend and that’s it. I don’t have time or the desire to go back to pick up one ingredient.
 
Keeping on hand a good quantity of staples is what always sees me through a week. I like to have rice, pasta, assorted spices, and dried herbs, plus oils, vinegars, canned tomatoes, pickles, olives, and hot sauce. By adding a quick stop at the grocery for milk, eggs, bread, produce, and some type of lean protein I can easily create plenty of meals for the week.
 
I like leftovers, I call them plan-overs and I almost always make something on the weekend that will feed me and darling spouse at least three meals. I freeze one meal’s worth, and we eat the other two plan-over meals with a fresh salad, veggies, and/or fruit. This shortcut keeps the kitchen tidy after a workday and being a morning person means I have no patience for cleaning the kitchen at 7PM.
 
Where did I learn this stuff? At my workshops. Other Members and WW Staff who have been living the plan have great ideas and recommendations.
 
Have a great week, WW Friends, and stay out of the grocery aisle with all the orange-wrapped sweets!
Deb Wright
General Manager
Voice of Philadelphia
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