Slimming: Peer Support or Peer Pressure?


Group Support For Weight Loss and Well Being

Early on it became clear that we wanted our children on board in this paleo life.  You see, it’s not something that works with half measures.  And to be honest, the peer support from the children once we committed to paleo has been invaluable.  Our boys understand through trial and self experiment and through talking about it that drinking fizzy pop and consuming bags of sweets or searching out chocolate digestives has a bio chemical reaction in their bodies.  Our daughter can see that choosing for potato chips and crisps, chasing pizza and burgers – well, the food doesn’t actually taste great and it leaves her with an empty feeling and more hunger.  It’s good to share and to learn and to talk more around the table.  It becomes another way of holding us all together and I love it!

It also delights me to hear each of them talk loudly and clearly on the subject of food.  One of our boys was the subject of much talk in his class as a result of his weight loss and he passed on details to those interested of how paleo has made a difference.  The group support he experienced has been invaluable in his weight loss. It’s about building  a community and embracing change.  We all benefit from that.

Did you know Arizona Universityinterviewed 101 local women alongside 812 of their closest friends and relatives and discovered the fatter a woman’s social circle, the more likely for that woman to be obese herself?  PaleoWorks sees Peer pressure at work! (American Journal of Public Health, May 5).  Their findings echo earlier research from Warwick Universityin England which analysed


The Power of Persuasion

data from 27,000 adults across 29 countries.  Their report concluded that  Europeans judged their weight by comparing it with those around them rather than scientifically through Body Mass Index (BMI) “Human beings compare themselves among their localised peer group even if they are not conscious of it” says Professor Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick adding therefore “Rising obesity needs to be seen as a sociological problem rather than a physiological one.”  How is your peer group influencing you?

About Paleo Works

Paleo Works Have you ever wondered how you arrived at “being overweight” and thought how difficult it is to get rid of and keep off those excess pounds? Hi, I’m Katie and together with Mike my husband, we are Paleo Works. As a busy working mum of four, I often watched others embark on weight loss progammes only to return to their start weight (and then some) shortly after reaching their target. Why was this happening? Conventional dietary wisdom would have us believe that it’s YOU who has failed. But Mike and I thought different. We felt that there had to be something wrong with that conventional dietary wisdom after all we can’t all be hopeless? So we studied intensely, sought out advice and read avidly. We questioned robustly and talked with many on various 'dieting' regimes. What we found was radical, our story has to be told, our knowledge has to be shared. So If you are ready to stop blaming your self for being overweight and ready to change your approach to weight loss then contact us and let’s get started!

Posted on October 28, 2011, in Caveman Diet, Paleo Diet, Paleoworks, Stoneage Diet and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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