Sara Rue, Big Bang Theory actress, teamed up with Dr. Holly Wyatt to help women overcome obesity and weight problems. In doing so, Rue and Wyatt are working on the Resolve: Stay Ahead of the Curve campaign. This is especially pertinent, because the Holidays are incoming, and people will want to make their New Year’s Resolutions. Weight loss is a popular choice come January 1.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Sara Rue and Holly Wyatt about their new campaign and weight loss in general.
Inquisitr: The whole subject of weight loss as a negative stigma dating back to when men and women wanted to be as thin as they can. Now, it’s more about being healthy than anything. Sara, tell me about your personal experience of weight gain and loss, as well as what you’ve tried that worked for you.
Sara Rue: First off, I totally agree with you about being healthy. I think physically and mentally, there’s really a huge correlation between how we want to look and how we feel about ourselves. For me years ago, I just decided I wanted to make a change. I wanted to make a switch and I decided to become a conscious eater in the process of making a lifestyle change as opposed to a specific diet.
I was really lucky to have a great support system. My boyfriend at the time, who is now my husband, was so supportive and kind in the process. I’ve made a bunch of small changes, but they added up. I got very active and that was sort of what I did years ago. I’ve been lucky enough to maintain it. Now, I have a two-year old daughter and I want to be a healthy role model for her.
IQ: Dr. Wyatt, I think what Sara alluded to really hits home to what people are trying to do these days, like the diets and cleanses. What have you seen, as far as the healthy options to get fit and eat right to get results. Is there a perfect diet?
Dr. Holly Wyatt: What we know is that it’s a medical condition that’s affecting people’s health. There isn’t one silver bullet. There isn’t one magic diet. We really need to move away from that. That’s why I love this campaign. This is about going to your doctor and figuring out what the best options are for you, the things that are going to be safe and what things will be effective to help you lose that weight.
That’s really why I like this campaign is that it’s getting away from that quick fix that doesn’t work and taking it to the medical level where it needs to be.
Rue: The campaign is called Resolve: Staying Ahead of the Curve, and it’s used to just to bring awareness to the obesity epidemic that’s going on in this country. Sixty-six percent of all women over the age of 20 are either overweight or obese. We just want to bring awareness to that statistic. If they want to make a change, they should do so now, before the Holidays.
IQ: Do you think it’s wise to do the classic New Year’s Resolution about losing weight? A lot of people feel pressured to answer the call and it dooms them to not succeed.
Rue: I think that most of us fail at it. There are many times where I have made that resolution. I think what’s great about this campaign is the call-to-action now before Halloween. By the time New Year’s Resolution time comes around, you can make it for something else and conquer another part of your life. I think there is a lot of pressure with the New Year’s Resolution thing. I think it works for very-few people.
IQ: Dr. Wyatt, talk about some of the health conditions associated with obesity.
Dr. Wyatt: When you have extra body weight in that obese range, you have an increased-likelihood of getting type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and the list goes on-and-on. Even cancers now are being associated with extra body fat. So, it really is a medical condition. It’s something that your doctor can help you with and need to address because it is affecting your health.
IQ: What kinds of things are you doing when counseling your patients about their weight loss plans?
Dr. Wyatt: It’s complex. People have weight problems for different reasons. There’s definitely a genetic portion to it and people struggle due to their genes. Environment plays a big role. There’s how much you eat and how much you move, as well as many other factors that go into body weight. That’s why I think your doctor is the best way to go. They will look at that and figure out the best treatment strategies.
IQ: Sara, what would you share with other women if they are trying to do the same thing you did?
Rue: Everybody is so different. I would say to never give up. We’ve all tried and failed.
Dr. Wyatt: At ResolveNow.com, you can get more information and it’s a place to get tips on how to get the process going.
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