Americans have had a weight problem for many many years. Like most problems, avoiding it will not make it go away, it will only make it worse. The U.S. adult obesity rate stands at 42.4 percent. For the first time, the national rate has passed the 40 percent mark, and further evidence of the country’s obesity crisis. The national adult obesity rate has increased by 26 percent since 2008.
According to Harvard Medical on average, one out of every three adults is obese, which is about 36% of the population, in 2015 – 2016 that was about 93 million adults. About 18.5% of children ages 2 to 19 are considered obese in the United States according to the CDCP Black women experience the highest rates of obesity in America at 59%.
Being overweight or obese can lead to a range of health problems. Although many different “fad” diets are available, a balanced lifestyle and nutritious diet are the key to healthful living and better weight control. We implore you to join us at DRS to try to reverse this dangerous trend.
Although it’s constantly said, It apparently cannot be said enough. If 42% of adults and nearly 20% of children are overweight or obese, what the hell is the problem?? Why is this not being addressed more seriously? I used to be really overweight (320 lbs size 48 pants, now down to a manageable weight (181 lbs size 34, Thank you DRS I am down 2 more notches on my belt since the pandemic. I still have more work to do but I know I will get there. (sorry, this bothers me)
Carrying excess body weight can increase the risk of serious health problems, Here are 5 reasons to lose weight, if you are overweight, have been so for a long while, or can see yourself heading in that direction. You know who you are and thanks to DRS’s healthy eating simple exercise program it’s not as hard as it looks.
Reason 1 Reduced risk of heart disease.
Nearly 70% of adults in the United States are overweight or obese and nearly one in every three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, also called Hypertension. Obesity is a major risk factor for high blood pressure.
Overweight or obese individuals require more blood to supply oxygen and nutrients to their bodies which causes an increase in blood pressure why? The extra effort puts a strain on your arteries. Your arteries, in turn, resist this flow of blood, causing your blood pressure to rise, as your body will also require more pressure to move this blood around.
High blood pressure is a common cause of heart attack, which is sadly more common for obese individuals and individuals that have an unhealthy diet. Individuals that have unhealthy dietary habits generally eat foods that contain high levels of sodium (salt). This usually includes lots of processed meats like cold cuts (sandwiches), fried foods like bacon, sausage, french fries, and other foods high in sodium.
Reason 2. Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
Penn Medicine states: when a person is overweight or obese it causes increased levels of fatty acids and inflammation, leading to insulin resistance, which in turn can lead to type 2 diabetes If you have type 2 diabetes, your body might not use the insulin you make efficiently. This is known as insulin resistance. Sugar (or glucose) cannot enter the cells to be used for energy. Instead, it builds up in your bloodstream, causing high blood sugar
Causes for diabetes include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight, poor dietary habits, family history. A healthy diet or healthy eating routine can prevent high blood pressure, high cholesterol, maintain a healthy weight and greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Learn how DRS can help you achieve this.
According to WebMD type, 2 is the most common type of diabetes. There are about 29 million people in the U.S. with type 2. Another 84 million have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood sugar (or blood glucose) is high but not high enough to be diabetes yet.
Reason 3 Better Mobility
Functional mobility provides opportunities for a person to engage in physical activities at home, school, and in the community thereby contributing to health-related quality of life. When you are overweight,
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Obesity frequently contributes to soft tissue damage (cartilage) and osteoarthritis—progressive wear- an and-tear disease of the joints. The impact of obesity is especially felt in osteoarthritis of the hip and knee joints. Every pound of body weight places four to six pounds of pressure on each knee joint.
This wear and tear on the joints severely impacts a person’s mobility, quality of life and leads to expensive joint replacement surgeries.
Reason 4 More Energy
According to the Taylor Bariatric Institute: Being overweight increases your risk of experiencing chronic fatigue, as well as excessive daytime sleepiness or EDS, a similar condition that makes it physically difficult to stay awake, despite a full night of rest the night before.
They quote Penn State college of medicine in that Being overweight increases your risk of sleep apnea, which interrupts breathing and disrupts sleep. Insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes if left untreated, is common with obesity and can prompt fatigue.
Obesity or being overweight increases your risk of depression, which increases your risk for fatigue and EDS. Excess weight may influence hormone production, which can decrease energy levels. Obesity increases your risk of joint pain and arthritis, which can interfere with sleep.
Crash diets are not a sustainable solution, whatever perks they may claim.. To both lose weight safely and sustain that weight loss over time, it is essential to make gradual, permanent, and beneficial lifestyle changes.
.It is in this spirit that we write this article, to strongly urge people, for the sake of themselves, their families and children to join us, reverse this dangerous trend and enjoy better health, better fitness, and a better lifestyle