Wednesday April 8, 2020

Here’s Why Weight-Oriented Bullying Can Increase Alcohol Consumption Risk in Adolescents

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The study showed frequent weight-based teasing was associated with higher levels of alcohol use, binge drinking and marijuana use. Pixabay

Adolescents bullied about their weight or body shape are more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than others, according to a new study.

According to the study, published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, the link between appearance-related teasing and substance use was the strongest among overweight girls, raising special concerns about this group.

“This type of bullying is common and has many negative effects for adolescents. The combination of appearance-related teasing and the increased sensitivity to body image during adolescence may create a heightened risk for substance use,” said study lead author Melanie Klinck from University of Connecticut in the US.

The study, conducted at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, involved 1,344 students, aged 11-14 years, from five public middle schools near Hartford, Connecticut. They were asked if siblings, parents or peers teased them about their weight, body shape or eating during the past six months.

More than half (55 per cent) of the participants, which included three out of four overweight girls (76 per cent), 71 per cent of overweight boys, 52 per cent of girls and 43 per cent of boys who weren’t overweight, reported weight-based teasing.

The participants were also asked about their alcohol and marijuana use.

The study showed frequent weight-based teasing was associated with higher levels of alcohol use, binge drinking and marijuana use.

In a follow-up survey six months later, weight-based teasing was also found to be linked to alcohol use and binge drinking.

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Adolescents bullied about their weight or body shape are more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than others, according to a new study. Pixabay

Previous research had found boys had greater substance use possibility in their teens and early adulthood, but girls begin taking alcohol and drugs at an earlier age compared with boys.

According to the researchers, those trends may be related to the societal pressures for girls to adhere to unrealistic body image ideals. It can damage their sense of self-worth and contribute to eating disorders and self-medication through substance use to cope with teasing or fit in with peers.

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“These findings raise larger issues about how society places too much emphasis on beauty and body image for girls and women, and the damaging effects that may result,” said study researcher Christine McCauley Ohannessian. (IANS)

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Time to Practice Pilates for a Healthy Body

Practise pilates for agility

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While most of us may not have access to a full-fledged gym at home, this is the best time to explore workout like Pilates, Yoga, Barre, etc. IANS

As we stay in, practise social distancing and isolation, taking care of our health becomes very important. This is a health and fitness news.

Maintaining the healthy state is very important in order to avoid contracting the COVID-19, says a fresh guideline by the WHO. While most of us may not have access to a full-fledged gym at home, this is the best time to explore workout like Pilates, Yoga, Barre, etc.

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Pilates master and celebrity trainer Yasmin Karachiwala, who trains the likes of Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt shows us some pilates moves to amp up agility, stretch limbs and tone our body. All these moves require no fancy equipment and can be done using your body strength and resistance. Read to know more:

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Pilates master and celebrity trainer Yasmin Karachiwala, who trains the likes of Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt shows us some exercises. IANS

Crisscross

Lie supine on your mat. Get one leg to the table top and extend the other leg straight out in a diagonal. Interlace your hands behind your head and lift your head, chest and shoulders and rotate it towards the bent knee. Inhale to prepare on an exhale keeping the elbows wide switch sides.

Plank

Begin with hands under shoulders and legs straight out. Make sure your body is in one line from head to heals. Keep the abdominals engaged and glutes squeezed. Hold the position for one minute.

Tricep dips

Sit on a bench or stool. Legs straight out and hands by your side. Lift the glutes of keeping it close to the bench. Bend your elbows to lower the body. Exhale to lift back up.

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Step up

You can do this on a chair or stool or step. Stand with feet hip width apart. Step up with one leg bringing the other knee up. Repeat 15 to 20 times on one leg and then switch sides.

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Planks are considered to be the best for people who want to practice pilates. IANS

Wall-sit

Sit against a wall with the thighs parallel to the ground and your back touching the wall. Hold the position for 1 minute

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Teaser

Lie supine on your mat with legs straight out and hands above head. Inhale to prepare on an exhale lift the upper and lower body into a teaser or V-sit position and then slowly lower the body back to the mat. Repeat 6 to 8 times. (IANS)