Forget the presidential candidates, Dancing with the Stars contestants or Alec Baldwin’s upcoming nuptials. The pop culture figure getting the most attention these days is the Evil Queen from Snow White. After all, she is being portrayed by Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron at the movies this spring and is the main power player in TV show Once Upon A Time. But with all of that magic at her fingertips, what’s the girl really hung up on? Being the fairest in the land. Perhaps if Queenie had been more concerned with fitness rather than appearance, her fairytale might have had a different ending.
This being a healthy living blog and all, it also made me wonder if more people are influenced by looking good or being fit when it comes to wellness. Not that there’s anything wrong with being influenced by both, as long as the outcome is healthier practices and habits. Appearance was one of my motivating factors went I started my weight loss journey twenty years ago, although self-esteem and a desire to make my body feel better topped that list.
Curious about this issue, I created a survey to learn more about why people regain lost pounds. So far only about 450 people have responded and I need more for the sampling to be scientifically valid. But I thought you mind find this factoid interesting. When asked what factors inspired their desire to lose weight, living a healthier, longer life (76%) actually topped the list, followed by clothes fitting better (74%) and feeling more attractive (67%).
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