80 Percent Of Americans Fail To Meet Fitness Goals

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obesityCosts related to obesity continue to rise with health care costs soaring as a results, MuscleAndFitnessTips.org announces…..

According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, more than 80 percent of adults in the United States fail to meet the guidelines for both muscle-strengthening and fitness activities, and this trend extends to adolescents. Figures such as this help to explain rising obesity statistics within the country, yet many are working to change these statistics. With the help of bodybuilding and fitness tips, like those found at http://www.MuscleAndFitnessTips.org, individuals find getting healthy becomes an easier task.

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Nutrition plays a role in one’s overall health, yet Americans typically fail to eat a balanced diet. The council found that the average American diet typically exceeds the recommended amounts of refined grains, saturated fat, sodium, and solid fats and added sugars. Americans also fail to eat the suggested amounts of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and whole grains. Individuals often find they struggle to make healthy food choices, and MuscleAndFitnessTips.org can be of aid in this area also.

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The cost of obesity continues to rise. The council estimates Americans spend approximately $190.2 billion every year on illnesses related to obesity, including disability, chronic disease, and death. They project Americans will spend $344 billion a year on obesity related costs, or 21 percent of total health care costs, by 2018. With the help of training articles and tips on getting into shape, Americans can reverse these trends, saving money and their health in the process. Many turn to workout programs for assistance in achieving their fitness goals.

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Tom Hofman founded MuscleAndFitnessTips.org to share insights on fitness and bodybuilding. Individuals often fall for scams in these two industries, and Tom Hofman hopes to help consumers avoid these scams, providing information on the best diet and workout programs offered today. With the help of valuable training articles as well as advice and tips, consumers know they can learn about the best when it comes to fitness and bodybuilding with the help of this site.

Can A Little Extra Weight Help You Live Longer When You Are Older?

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bellyFrom Your Health Journal…..”Well, a story appear to be resurfacing again that we wrote about last month. NPR did a great job in its story called Don’t Count On Extra Weight To Help You In Old Age by Scott Hensley. Recent research of nearly 100 published studies involving almost 3 million people found that being a little overweight was associated with a lower risk of death than having a normal weight or being obese. BMI, or Body Mass Index was used for the study. BMI takes height and weight measurements, and lets us know if someone’s weight falls within a healthy range. BMI has been controversial in many circles regarding its accuracy, but if you are looking for a quick, basic assessment of someone’s body type, it is a popular measure. The problem I have with this study – many people will read it and think it is now okay to go out and gain some weight, as they feel it may be healthy for them, and help them live longer. There is still a lot more research needed in this area to be 100% conclusive, as demographics, prior health of the study group, environment, and family history all play in big role in the accuracy of this study. Please visit the NPR web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It gives many helpful opinions that could benefit some of us.”

From the article…..

Wouldn’t it be great, considering how many of us are overweight, if carrying a few extra pounds meant we’d live longer?

A recent analysis of nearly 100 published studies involving almost 3 million people found, surprisingly, that being a little overweight was associated with a lower risk of death than having a normal weight or being obese.

The sweet spot, as it were, appears to be a body mass index ranging from 25 to less than 30. The findings were published in early January in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

But is the finding real? An editorial in the same journal pointed to problems with BMI as tool for assessing obesity. And it suggested that artifacts in the data might be another factor behind the results.

The lowest death rates in most studies have been seen for people with a BMI between 22 and 25, the editorial point out. The authors suggested that the most important findings from the analysis were that death rates were higher for the obese (BMI of 35 or more) and people who were quite underweight (BMI less than 18.5).

As luck would have it, Ryan Masters, a demographer at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, has been looking into some of the same data that have been cited in support of the so-called obesity paradox.

“I sort of gingerly came into this field and was blown away by the debate surrounding it,” he tells Shots. Some of the theories advanced to explain the paradox include a beneficial metabolic effect from modest fat reserves for the elderly and cushioning in case of falls, he says.

Masters decided to look at the data, and he found problems in plain sight.

Some of the studies excluded people who lived in institutions, like nursing homes, skewing the results toward healthier people. Frail people would be less likely to participate in surveys and studies, too, he says.

He also found a problem that he said reminded him of a report about falling cats in Manhattan. Researchers found, paradoxically, that cats falling from windows on the highest floors of apartment buildings were more likely to survive than those who stumbled out of window on middle floors, say the fifth or sixth floors.

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Obesity: American Medicine’s Epic Fail

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bigpantsFrom Your Health Journal…..”I always enjoy articles from Forbes.com, and found a great one recently written by Leah Binder entitled, Obesity: American Medicine’s Epic Fail. Ms. Binder starts off by discussing how a magazine is promoting the next great weight loss miracle – the magazine reveals the identity of this “miracle” food – it’s chia seed. The author nails it on the head when she discusses how chia seed (like most miracle diets) are like getting a lottery ticket – we know the odds are against us, but maybe just this once we’ll hit pay dirt. Millions of people shell out hard-earned cash in hopes of finding the golden weight loss cure, which creates a $60.9 billion weight loss industry in the U.S. So many times, the quick scheme weight loss programs prove to be ineffective for many people, although some people do have success, but again, so many do not have this type of luck. Many businesses want their employees to be fit and trim, as they feel it improves productivity, and the government wants its citizens to be thin, so healthcare does not cause the debt to get worst. Please, take the time to visit the Forbes site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I enjoyed it a lot, and learned a lot from it.”

From the article…..

In case you missed it, this week’s featured cover story in Woman’s World Magazine, available at the register in every supermarket and drugstore in the U.S., claims to have found the next weight loss miracle. But I’ll save you the $1.79 and reveal the identity of this “miracle” food – it’s chia seed. It’s even endorsed by TV’s Dr. Bob Arnot.

Logically, we all question whether munching chia seeds will melt fat, but we still might buy the magazine. It’s like getting a lottery ticket – we know the odds are against us, but maybe just this once we’ll hit pay dirt. Millions of us shell out hard-earned cash in hopes of finding the golden weight loss cure, creating a $60.9 billion weight loss industry in the U.S.

Businesses are also investing in weight-loss, and the cost to them is significant. Over 90 percent of employers offering health insurance report investing in some kind of wellness program, usually designed to address the many health and disability costs associated with the increasing girth of the workforce. As discussed in one of my earlier Forbes.com posts, the research on whether they are seeing returns for these programs shows that, so far, the answer is no. The harsh reality is that scientists know as much about curing obesity as they do about curing the common cold: not much. But at least they admit their limitations in treating the cold. Many doctors seem to think the cure for obesity exists, but obese patients just don’t comply. Doctors often have less respect for obese patients, believing if they would just diet and exercise they’d be slim and healthy.

Some physicians notably take exception to the blame-the-patient approach to the obesity epidemic. “In case you hadn’t noticed, the obese will do anything not to be obese, even throw their money away on ‘get-thin-quick’ schemes,’” says Robert H. Lustig, MD, in his new book, “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.” The book details the evidence and concludes that research overwhelmingly discredits the notion that the obese bring the whole thing on themselves. “Obesity is a combination of several factors: physics, biochemistry, endocrinology, neuroscience, psychology, sociology and environmental health, all rolled up into one problem,” Lustig explains, “The factors that drive the obesity pandemic are almost as myriad as the number of people who suffer from it.”

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Poor Obese People Fail To Get Surgery

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From Your Health Journal…..”The article in this summary comes from Australia. It is stating how individuals with lower incomes have a harder times affording weight loss surgery. For many, the results of this study are obvious, as many lower income individuals cannot afford many things that higher incomes households can afford. In this particular scenario, is it better that they cannot afford this type of surgery, as you hear in many cases in may be a dangerous way to lose weight? What are your thoughts on this? The bottom line, lower income households (at least in the US) can better afford to eat the fast food specials offered on a regular basis, which also contributes to higher obesity levels. The government needs to step in and help these households eat better through education and assistance. Obesity is on the rise in many of these households, contributing to heart disease and diabetes.”

From the article…..

Obese people on low incomes are getting far less access to weight-loss surgery than people on high incomes with private health insurance, new research shows.

The finding has prompted doctors to call for more government-funded surgery as people in lower socio-economic groups are more likely to be severely obese, increasing their risk of diabetes, heart disease and premature death.

A study published in The Medical Journal of Australia on Monday found that the more money you earned, the more likely you were to access bariatric surgery including adjustable gastric banding, stomach stapling and gastric bypass.

The trend was so stark that people on a household income of more than $70,000 were five times more likely to get the procedures than people earning less than $20,000.

Researchers used data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study to analyse who was accessing bariatric surgery and where. They found that while 312 out of 49,000 people in the study had had one of the procedures, only one person had the surgery done in a public hospital and three were treated under Department of Veterans’ Affairs entitlements. The remaining 308 were operated on in private hospitals.

Dr Rosemary Korda, an author of the report from Australian National University, said the trend largely reflected systemic issues in Australia’s health system, which led to inequities.

For example, she said while bariatric surgery had been listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule for 20 years in recognition of its cost-effectiveness, many public hospitals that were mostly funded by the states did not offer the procedures.

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