Hey can I share something that has made me double down on my role as a Nutrition coach?
Several of my friends have parents dealing with Dementia and they have been living with Dementia for quite a while. I see the immense toll it takes on them and their families and it really gets to me.
Did you know that if you have type 2 diabetes or are obese you are more then 2x more likely to get Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease? As I researched this it really made me see the HUGE problem that we are facing with nutrition and exercise.
I really enjoy being a coach. One of the things about being a nutrition coach that I realy love is sharing recipes, success stories, and all the feel good stuff. I love seeing people make positive changes, changing their self image, gaining energy, feeling like they are younger and all that. But, can I be very real with you? We (US, Georgia, Peachtree City) have a problem.
Being overweight, Obesity, and the related problems are increasingly common.
OK let’s talk serious for a moment. My next few emails will deal with the toll that Obesity and Overweight is taking on our society, financially, physically and mentally.
The related problems are caused by the increase in the size and the amount of fat cells in the body. How do doctors and the US government measure this? They use body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference to screen and diagnose overweight and obesity. How do they define obesity? A BMI above 30; High risk, if waist circumference is >40” for men or >35 for women. The American Society of Bariatric Physicians, a group that specializes in weight loss, defines obesity as ≥ 25% body fat for men, and ≥ 30% for women. I see these numbers daily during my consultations. (We use an INBody 270 body composition machine.) More than 90% of the folks that come through our doors for a consultation are hitting these numbers. Staggering? VERY.
Obesity is a serious medical condition.
Some of the health risks are associated with obesity:
- Higher risk of morbidity from hypertension
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Cancers such as endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancers
- Mental Illness such as clinical depression, anxiety and others
Treatment depends on the cause and severity of your condition and whether you have complications. Treatments include lifestyle changes, such as heart-healthy eating and increased physical activity, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved weight-loss medicines. For some people, surgery may be a treatment option.
To be continued… Be sure to look for my next post in this series…
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To your health,
CF-L2, CF Kids, USAW
Precision Nutrition L-1
Healthy Steps Nutrition Certified