Sounding the Alarm on Obesity!
It occurred to me the other day that, if
you are one of our more recent subscribers to this
newsletter, you may not be completely up to date as to
why Active 8 is committed to helping people lose weight and
gain a better lifestyle.
Being in private practice for
more than 28 years and specializing as a Bariatric physician
dedicated to helping people lose weight has given me more
perspective about this rising national health threat than
many doctors. Helping patients gain control of their weight
pays them big dividends in terms of gained health benefits
and good long-term prognosis.
Research has shown that you can achieve many
health benefits in striving for weight loss. Among these
- Losing weight can help you reduce
the effects or eliminate type 2 diabetes.
- Even a loss of 5 to 10 pounds can
significantly reduce high blood pressure which further
helps the body’s ability for better heart and
- Asthma sufferers can improve lung
function, reduce the number of severe asthma episodes
and improve overall health by losing 30 pounds or more.
- Even folks who suffer from sleep
apnea can significantly improve sleep patterns by losing
as little as 10% of their body weight.
Obesity in the United States is growing
at an alarming rate and experts estimate that more than 58
million American adults are now considered obese. Even more
astonishing is the fact that approximately two out of every three
adults and more than one in six children are considered
overweight or obese.
That is not good news! Besides the
obvious increase in risk factors for type 2 diabetes,
osteoarthritis, infertility, respiratory problems, strokes,
heart diseases, gall bladder problems, sleep apnea, and even
some cancers; studies have shown that being significantly
overweight can lower life expectancy by as much as five
years or more!
How can you tell if you fall within the
guidelines for a good healthy weight as compared to being
overweight or obese? You can use a rough guideline called a
BMI calculation that gives you an approximate correlation
according to weight, height, and sex. You can check yours on
our website by going to:
If you find that you may fall within
the ranges of overweight or obese, then I encourage you to
take those next steps and contact your personal physician to
determine how best to get you on the path of better health
and better life!