Will Your Kids Grow Up to Be Like The Sopranos?

Perhaps, another reason to get a jump on the issues that contribute to childhood obesity: Being physically unattractive may push adolescents toward a life of crime, according to a new study.

A pair of economists tracked the lives of some 15,000 high-school students over eight years. Each student was rated by interviewers on physical appearance on a 1-5 scale (1 being very unattractive). The long-term consequences between beauty or beast were small, researchers said, but consistent.

Generally, attractiveness lowered a teen's chances of living a life of crime while bad looks increased it. For example, poor looks increased a teenage boy's chances of committing seven crimes -- selling drugs and burglary among them -- while young women were more prone to six offences.

Researchers speculate the crime track based on one's lack of physical attractiveness may be tied to other recent studies that have shown these people may earn less money and have a harder time finding jobs.

That may be the reason some patients -- desperate to turn their lives around -- resort to such drastic and health-harming measures as BOTOX injections and gastric bypass surgeries to "cure" their physical imperfections.

But none of those procedures treat the real problem. For that matter, modifying your diet based on your body's unique nutritional type and devoting more time to exercise only takes you part of the way. Emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing too.

The Emotional Freedom Technique is a wonderful and natural energy psychology tool for healing your emotions and coping with the issues that brought you to this low place in your life.

Washington Post February 17, 2006

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