Men who are angry and hostile pack on more pounds over time than women or their less angry, more laid-back peers, suggests a French study, which found that the more hostile a man’s personality, the more his body mass index (BMI) increased during an extended period. The researchers noted that hostility could affect weight in many ways; for example, hostile men may be less likely to follow dietary health guidelines, tend to exercise less and are more likely to be depressed—all factors known to contribute to unhealthy weight gain.
Researchers reviewed data on 6,484 men and women participating in a U.K. study of socioeconomic status and health. Participants ranged in age from 35 to 55 at the study’s outset. Results culled over a 19-year period showed that, while the relationship between BMI and hostility remained constant for women, hostility seemed to accelerate weight gain over time in men.
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology, 2009
Despite the “I’m Back” post from a couple of months ago, I seem to have fallen off of the blogwagon pretty hard. It’s certainly not for lack of material. Rather, it’s for lack of time. I’ve been working hard in the lab, working hard in the clinic, and more recently, working hard on the bike.
Once again, I’ll be riding in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, a 192-mile ride from Sturbridge, MA to Provincetown, MA. All of the money raised by the Pan-Mass Challenge goes to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I’m very luck in that all of the money that I raise is held in a specific account that my teammates and I can use to directly fund programs to support pediatric oncology patients and their families. Last year I raised over $80,000 and our team raised a total of $135,000. This year we’ve expanded the team and hope to break $150,000.
So for now, I’ll be blogging very sporadically and cycling more regularly. If you could please visit my PMC website, www.rideforthem.com, I’d appreciate it. There you can read the stories of the children that I ride in honor and in memory of. If you are interested in making a gift to this important effort, please click here. Finally, if you have a blog or other website, would you consider posting a little blurb about my effort, and perhaps a link to the Ride For Them website ? I think it would be absolutely terrific if the physician- and nurse-blogging community could help me make a concerted effort this year to spread the word! I appreciate the kind words and the link provided by Kim over at Emergiblog.
Thanks for considering this! I’ll leave you today with a local cable news piece supporting my ride last year. If you go to the Ride For Them website I have a few other interesting videos regarding my ride and the PMC.