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  • What's At Stake?

    4 posts, 3 voices, 312 views, started Nov 13, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 by Dee Dee Shaw

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      From Perfect Body Shape training:
      What's at Stake?
      According to a World Health Organization study published in 2005, 36 out of 100 men and 42 out of 100 women in the U.S. are obese (30% or more of an individuals body mass is made up of fatty tissue). More recent estimates show that more than 75 million people in the U.S. alone are obese and that another 105 million are overweight, according to the American Obesity Association.

      So what's at stake? The quality and length of our lives are at stake. Take a few moments to study the following statistics:
      Obesity
      On the verge of surpassing smoking as the #1 cause of preventable death.
      Cost of obesity reached $75 billion in 2003.
      Over 2/3rds of all Americans are overweight.
      16% of children between the age of 6 and 17 are obese.
      Obesity has been identified as a major contributor to an increase in disability.
      Studies have shown that Obesity threatens life expectancy.
      Severe obesity is on the rise!

      Research continues to show what a severe health risk being overweight and obese represents. Take a look at this excerpt from an article in the American Journal of Public
      Health, from June 2001 (115:229-235): "Among more than 9,500 Americans surveyed, obesity was associated with higher rates of chronic medical problems and a poorer quality of life more than was alcohol abuse, smoking and poverty.
      What’s more, there are more overweight and obese adults in the US today than there are smokers or problem drinkers, according to findings published in the current issue of the
      British Journal of Public Health.
      While 36% of respondents were overweight and 23% were obese, about 14% were poor, 6% heavy drinkers and 19% daily smokers. These findings highlight the need for public programs that target obesity rates in America.  

      Americans haven’t given overweight the same attention as other risks, like smoking, but it is clearly a grave health problem and one that is on the rise in all segments of the
      population.
      These findings reinforce prior recommendations that weight control become a higher national priority, especially given the dramatic increases in prevalence of overweight.
      Researchers analyzed data from interviews with adults nationwide regarding their height, weight, income, smoking and drinking habits and chronic medical conditions.
      People who smoked throughout their lives and lived in poverty were significantly more likely to have a chronic disease such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis or heart disease. But the effects of smoking and poverty were smaller than those of obesity on both a person’s
      health and quality of life.
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      Obesity is highly prevalent and associated with at least as much morbidity in terms of chronic medical conditions and reduction in physical health-related quality-of-life as are
      poverty, smoking, and problem drinking.
      Obesity has been shown to raise the risk of
      1. Heart disease
      2. Osteoarthritis
      3. Diabetes
      4. High blood pressure
      5. Certain types of cancer
      But research also shows that while even modest weight loss can improve health, Americans continue to pack on the pounds.  

      Heart Disease
      The American Heart Association says that heart disease is the single largest killer of American males and females. About every 26 seconds an American will suffer a coronary
      event, and about every minute someone will die from one. About 40% of the people who experience a coronary attack in a given year will die from it. 2003 statistics showed that
      910,614 people died from heart disease and that 152,000 of those who died were under the age of 65. The cost for treating Heart disease in 2003 was 401.3 billion dollars.  

      Cancer
      Just take a look at the following trends to see how the incidence of Cancer is increasing at
      epidemic proportions:
      1900 - 1 out of 30
      1980 - 1 out of 5
      1990 - 1 out of 4
      1995 - 1 out of 3
      2000 - 1 out of 2
      2010 - 1 in 1 projected
      This doesn't mean EVERYONE will get cancer. It means some will get cancer multiple
      times.
      The average treatment cost per patient, per incident is over $350,000.00

      Diabetes
      Over 12 million suffer from Diabetes today. The Center for Disease Control has stated that there are 1200 new cases of Type II Diabetes diagnosed every day. According to the
      American Diabetic Association this is believed to be 100% nutritionally based! Diabetes also tends to be accompanied with conditions like high blood pressure and high
      cholesterol. These are deadly combinations of disease, which result in blindness, sexual dysfunction, amputation and death.

      Depression
      Depression and other mental disorders are common in individuals who are obese, resulting in the prescribing of anti depressants or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
      (SSRI's), which are the single most prescribed drug class in the world today. It's interesting to note that in clinical studies, placebos' (sugar or chalk pills) are consistently shown to be equally effective in treating depressed individuals.

      Sexual Dysfunction
      An often overlooked but serious side effect of being overweight and or obese is sexual dysfunction. This problem impacts our most important relationships and while the drug
      companies have found ways to address these pathologies – it is far healthier to take nontoxic alternatives and employ meaningful lifestyle strategies as outlined in the Glycemic
      Awareness Action Plan.
      The diseases listed above are certainly the most serious outcomes from being overweight and or obese – however there are many more. Social discrimination for the overweight and obese is commonplace, even though this form of discrimination in the work place is illegal – it happens all the time. Our society, through the media, portrays us as ultra slim, ultra well built, men and women. It is suggested directly and indirectly that this body shape is a must for a successful, happy life. This proliferates a mentality that impacts the self-esteem of those who are anything less than what is portrayed through the media. This can and does result in self esteem issues, which impact the ability of individuals to fully realize their
      potential.

      By now you can see, that the quality and longevity of our lives is impacted profoundly when we are overweight or obese. There is a rational alternative to achieving your
      Perfect Body Shape, but before we get started we need to understand a little more about what makes our bodies tick: the Glycemic Index: (in a separate thread)



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • This one is pretty depressing actually, but the good news is we don’t have to be a part of the unhealthy majority. There are things we can do to prevent and protect ourselves from chronic illnesses, and the leading causes of death.



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          Sweetnsassy wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Lots of good info there!  Maybe our new prez needs to consider some of these facts and incorporate ways to get americans eating healthier and exercising more as part of the health care reform.  Just think how much money it would save insurance providers!  In turn, maybe our premiums would be reduced allowing more affordable health insurance for EVERYONE!



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • That is a concept that is already gaining momentum - a much better option than nationalized health care imo.



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