Help others stop ‘waisting’ away

Consider these facts:

  • Rampant diabetes that shows no sign of diminishing but, in fact, continued explosive growth.
  • Heart problems related to the myriad of stresses placed on the body because of so many people being far overweight.
  • Orthopedic problems with lower extremities because of stress upon joints from inordinate amounts of pressure on hips, knees, ankles and feet.

This list of health complications often associated with obesity just keeps going.

Those struggling with weight gain need encouragement, not condemnation.  Convey a concern for their general health and a willingness to celebrate even the smallest of weight losses.

There is too much at stake to ignore the weight-challenged.

With your help, a life might be changed

To open or save the Trends in Obesity Powerpoint slideshow prepared by the Center for Disease Control, click map
Click on map to watch ominous spreading of obesity

To view the slideshow and obesity rates by ethnicity, right click here and open page in new window

Obesity Trends 2008

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How to lower ‘fridge’ fever

How serious of a health threat is the wave of obesity flooding America from the inside out? Click on the image below or on the link below and watch a video trailer that might erase any complacency you have toward the idea of overeating.

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If you’ve been struggling with moving toward a healthier body weight, contact Lori today to learn how you can transform hope for a better life into reality.

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Recommendations for cancer prevention

The American Institute of Cancer Research has offered the following advice for reducing cancer occurrence, based on the 2007 findings of WCRF/AICR’s expert report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective.

1. Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.

2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.

3. Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy dense foods (particularly processed foods high in added sugar, or low in fiber, or high in fat).

4. Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.

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America’s most obese cities

obese woman in two chairs

A new report from Forbes magazine ranks the top 20 American cities in terms of obesity levels. The results of the 2006 study from the Center for Disease Control point to an ominous wave of chronic health problems in the coming years.

About one third of Americans nationwide are obese. These numbers were taken from body-mass index data collected via the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Forbes looked at the 50 most populated cities in the nation to come up with this ranking of the 20 portliest metropolises.

Memphis, Tenn. — 34 percent
Birmingham, Ala. — 31.3 percent
San Antonio, Texas — 31.1 percent
Riverside/San Bernadino — Calif., 30.8 percent
Detroit, Mich. area — 30.4 percent
Jacksonville, Fla. — 29.8 percent
Nashville, Tenn. — 28.8 percent
Oklahoma City, Okla. — 27.5 percent
Kansas City, Mo., 26.9 percent
San Diego, Calif. — 26.7 percent
Cincinnati, Ohio — 26.3 percent
Indianapolis, Ind. — 26 percent
Baltimore, Md. — 25.8 percent
New Orleans, La. — 25.8 percent
Virginia Beach, Va. — 25.8 percent
Atlanta, Ga. — 25.6 percent
Milwaukee, Wisc. — 25.4 percent
Richmond, Va. — 25.4 percent
Austin, Tex. — 24.9 percent
Las Vegas, Nev. — 24.9 percent

Forbes reporter Rebecca Ruiz wrote that smaller towns such as Huntington, W. Va., and Ashland, Ohio were evaluated by the CDC but not included in the listing. Those towns had obesity rates of around 45 percent.

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