Hard Truths Of Fighting Fat

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and Beverly Hills Physicians…..please share your comments below as weight loss surgery has always been a controversial topic. According to WebMD, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if:

* You’re an obese adult, especially if you have a weight-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes.

* You know the risks and benefits.

* You’re ready to adjust how you eat after the surgery.

* You’re committed to making lifestyle changes to keep the weight off.

Ultimately, this sensitive topic should be discussed with your physician to see if it is the right move for you.

weightlossballtextSouthern California based medical group Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) sees a great many patients exploring weight loss surgery as well as non-surgical paths to weight loss, and they typically experience a surge of interest from prospective patients with the beginning of every new year. A Las Vegas Sun article published December 27 notes that people who truly want to lose weight must think beyond quick-fix diets and unsustainable exercise plans if they actually want to make their dreams of becoming permanently thinner and healthier a reality, and that the only path to success is permanent lifestyle change. BHP agrees, but adds that weight loss surgery and other techniques can make dealing with the hard truths of weight loss a great deal easier.

BHP explains that, while weight loss fads typically produce only the most minor and short-lived results, even individuals who set out to make genuine lifestyle changes have an extremely difficult challenge before them. These people are often able to achieve some loss of weight, at least at first. One problem identified by BHP is that, over time, strong desires to overeat actually become all that much stronger the more weight an individual loses – and that means severely obese patients who have the most weight to lose, and the greatest need to lose it, have the hardest task before them. For most, the medical group notes, the constant pangs of appetite are simply too difficult to ignore over the long term.

BHP notes that there is a preponderance of evidence supporting the fact that weight loss surgery options such as the gastric sleeve and Lap Band can make permanently defeating obesity a great deal more achievable because they get to the root of the problem by actually reducing the patient’s appetite. Doctors have found that both of these procedures make it uncomfortable to overeat, while the sleeve procedure – which removes roughly 75 to 85% of the stomach – may also have some added benefits in terms of reducing the body’s production of hunger-stimulating hormones.

Of course, the medical group adds, a great many individuals with weight issues may not meet the definition of severe obesity (a BMI of 40 or more, or 35 or more with related health problems). For them, BHP offers both non-surgical assistance in the form of coaching and medical monitoring, as well as the new Obera balloon weight loss system. They explain that the latter is a temporary procedure which reduces the stomach’s capacity, but is intended for individuals whose weight may be a health issue but who may not be sufficiently obese to be candidates for the other weight loss procedures.

However it is accomplished, experts agree that real weight loss that lasts takes time and commitment – but that doesn’t mean that the challenge can’t be made significantly less difficult with the help of outstanding medical professionals like the team at BHP. To learn more about their options, interested readers can call 800-788-1416, or visit BHP online at http://www.BeverlyHillsPhysicians.com.

Aging And Chronic Pain: How To Start Fighting Back Early

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By Dr. Joseph Christiano

seniorexerciseFor most people, just the thought of aging can cause them to cringe. But throw in the topic of ‘chronic pain’ with ‘aging’ and you have an instant nightmare. So, why does aging and chronic pain cause us to cringe? You may say, isn’t it obvious?

Perhaps when we see our parents and/or grandparents walking bent over, using canes or walkers and making ‘old people’ sounds, we get glimpses of the obvious. But are we all doomed from the get-go or is there hope for a positive pain-free life ahead of you and me?

Curses and Blessings

In all reality the truth is, there is an epidemic of people living or better yet, suffering from chronic pain. When we understand that there are over 116,000,000 people in America alone who suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis it can easily cause a doom and gloom mental attitude regarding aging. Ask any person born between 1946 and 1964 about aging and chronic pain and you will hear many similar responses.

Chronic pain can start from an inherited genetic disorder or from a physical trauma i.e. an auto accident, sports injury or an acute painful condition from our childhood that never went away. There is no denying these painful realities but we can make decisions today that can transcend a painful life into a healthy and pain-free life for tomorrow.

Once the decision is made to be open-minded and willing to incorporate new and efficacious daily practices into our lives, we can begin to minimize and even reverse our current level of pain or chronic pain. By elevating our overall physiology through various simple steps, we can change the direction our bodies are heading so to minimize or eliminate chronic pain.

Simple Steps

From my book, “Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain,” I outline eight steps for a healthier and pain-free life. Keep in mind, much of my information comes from my own personal journey struggling with chronic pain for over 30 years. And when combined with the research and discoveries that most people are unaware of, it is not all that difficult to put an end to chronic pain.

When one develops a strong and resilient body, he or she can prevent the possible conditions that a weakened body experiences i.e. slow recovery from a trauma, a fall, sickness or disease, a weakened immune system that induces autoimmune conditions like Rheumatic Arthritis, etc.

HealthIf one would alter the foods they ingest daily and start making food selections based on their blood type, they would immediately lose excess body fat, go through a natural detox, and build a powerful pH balance in their cells. Making food selections for one’s blood type enhances energy levels, lowers cholesterol level, detoxifies the body to improve pH level or homeostasis, reach their ideal weight for life, etc.

By doing a colon detox, the body is able to rid itself of parasites and impact fecal matter that is cause numerous poor health issues. Many times, arthritic-like pain or joint pain comes from a colon that is constipated and putrefied. To complete nutritional demands, I strongly recommend that one supplements their diet with nutritional supplementations. Through advanced nutrition, we now have the ability to target specific areas i.e. glands and organs of the body with adult stem cell activators. So, one can reverse the damaged and or malfunctioning organ like the pancreas, liver, kidneys, adrenal, heart, pituitary, and more.

Aside from physical changes, when someone in pain switches their negative attitude to a positive one, they’re able to accomplish more from a neuromuscular perspective. Having a good mental attitude and being willing to change what is done on a daily basis, will help make great long-term, healthy changes.

The bottom line to dealing with chronic pain and aging is to start making healthy lifestyle changes, now. Moving you will have developed a healthy baseline that will support your life and help sustain a strong healthy and resilient body for whatever the future has to throw at you.

– Dr. Joseph Christiano ND, CNC, doctor of naturopathy and certified nutritional counselor, has spent more than 40 years leading an accomplished career in the field of health and wellness. He is president of Body Redesigning, has trained Miss America, Miss USA and Mrs. America pageant winners, and is a former Mr. Florida winner and an award-winner in the Mr. America bodybuilding championships. As the author of several books, including the best seller Bloodtypes, Body Types, and You, and his newest book, Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain Christiano has been featured in magazines such as Woman’s World, Women’s Health and Fitness, Central Florida, Iron Man, Pageantry, New Man and more, promoting the importance of living a healthy and pain-free life.

Fighting Childhood Obesity

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By John Redfern

obesegirlvectorexerciseIn the past 20 years, worldwide figures for obesity have doubled and it has become one of the world’s leading killers, causing, as it does, serious health problems, as people grow older.

For the first time ever, in 2010, more people in the world were recorded as having died from obesity as opposed to starvation.

The more worrying figures related to young people and children. Health experts estimated that nearly 45 million children under the age of five years old were dangerously overweight. To be more accurate the report stated that approximately one-fifth of teens and a quarter of children between 6 and 11 years old were clinically obese. Compare the figure of 25% with one of 7% in 1980 and you can see the scale of the problem. These are worrying figures and seem to be getting worse. So why is it happening?

The figures for the US are equally damning according to Scientific American Magazine. In the three decades since 1980, adolescent obesity has tripled and over one-third of young children and teens are deemed as being obese. This places them as high risk candidates for Type 2 Diabetes, some cardiovascular problems, sleep apnea and bone or joint problems.

The conclusions seemed easy to reach and appeared to relate to the simplistic principle of more calories in than calories out. However it was evident that the levels of physical activity that normally burned them off had stayed pretty constant, and that children were exercising just as much as ever. There are still many opportunities for sporting activity as an individual or as a team player – and perhaps even more than ever before.

It seemed that the main problem seemed to be the poor food choices being made compared to earlier generations. Some reports have particularly highlighted a deficiency in key nutrients as a part of youth diet, despite all the constant advice that is given in this area. Soft drinks in plenty that are easily available, along with multiple fast food outlets must be playing their role in this worrying problem.

obeseboyvectorbellyIt has been clearly determined too, that sleep – or the lack of it – plays an important role. It’s easy to be distracted in this digital age with late night viewing and televisions in most children’s bedrooms. Add to this computer access, game playing, mobile phones with 24/7 access to the internet, phone messaging, and social media – and the undeniable temptation to carry this on late into the night when sleep should be the order of the day – or in this case – the night.

The effects of poor sleep and its effect on all are well researched – and our youth and children are no exception.

The problems relate not only to a decline in health, but also learning skills. Tired children do not make willing, able students and several leading US Universities have produced strong evidence that children’s cognitive functioning is severely affected by conditions such as obesity and various types of sleep disorder. As well as all the health implications it was also seen that poor sleep patterns led to major behavioral problems in the young.

Further detailed studies are currently under way to examine more closely the link between cognitive skills, obesity, and sleep disorders so that new effective treatment programs can be developed in order to arrest the growing severity of the problem.

In essence, less physical activity does not seem to be the problem. However there is a long list of contributory factors that includes the widespread availability of fast food, changes in technology, fewer home-cooked meals, much more low-cost processed foods and increasing sugary drinks served in large sizes as well as the easy access to unhealthy snacks.

The term ‘Supersize Me’ has taken on a real and worrying meaning.

– John Redfern worked for 15 years at leading London Advertising agencies writing on many international products and markets, before moving into a consultancy role, where he has gained long experience of writing on important matters of personal health. John has had in-depth involvement in a broad spectrum of subjects in this area, covering all possible age groups. Through his work as a consultant to SleepPro, John has acquired an in-depth knowledge of snoring and sleep apnoea, and the many serious health problems with which they are so closely associated. In addition, he has spent time developing projects for the NHS, some major educational groups and authorities, and various voluntary organizations and manufacturers whose aim is to focus on family health, fitness and well-being.

Fighting Childhood Obesity

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overweightchildFrom Your Health Journal…..”I wanted to bring your attention to and promote an article I found on one of my favorite sites to visit called Everyday Health written by Amir Khan entitled Michelle Obama’s Incomplete Obesity Fight. We have discussed so many times here the great work Mrs. Obama has done as a lead spokesperson in the fight against childhood obesity. We have discussed how this generation of children risk being the first generation of children whose life expectancy may be shorter than their parents. Obesity related illnesses in children have risen sharply recently as children show risk factors for heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, weak joints, and asthma. Many obese children get bullied at school simply due to their weight, and many have low self esteem. Michelle Obama has been an inspiration to me with her hard work and dedication as she celebrated a 13 percent decrease in childhood obesity in Mississippi last week. Mrs. Obama would like to see this type of improvement nationwide, but sadly, it has not happened yet. There are some experts who state we still have a long way to go. According to the CDC, one in three children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 were overweight or obese in 2011, the last year for which data is available. So, Mrs. Obama has a big fight ahead of her. Regardless, I am proud of her accomplishments in Mississippi, as well as other parts of the United States. Please visit the Everyday Health web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. Amir Khan did a wonderful job with this article, so please support their site by using the link below.”

From the article…..

First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated a 13 percent decrease in childhood obesity in Mississippi last week, but the childhood obesity fight and her signature “Let’s Move” initiative have a long way to go.

First Lady Michelle Obama stepped into the small, packed gym at Northside/Eastside Elementary School in Clinton, Miss. last week and told the crowd of students, teachers and officials to take credit for turning the childhood obesity epidemic around in their community. The applause was long and loud.

“As we can see in Mississippi… we can actually solve this problem,” Obama said, pointing to a 13 percent drop in the rate of obesity among the state’s elementary school-aged children from 2005 to 2011. “There’s no reason why this success can’t happen in cities and states across the country if we’re willing to work for it.”

Obama’s energy and commitment to ending childhood obesity was on display last week in Clinton, Chicago and Springfield, Mo., as she celebrated the third anniversary of her signature “Let’s Move” program and announced both an expansion of its mission and new partners. But experts cautioned that although the epidemic may have leveled off, it remains fueled by a powerful mix of cultural factors and economic incentives.

Nationwide, “we have not seen a 13 percent drop in childhood obesity,” said David Katz, MD, editor-in-chief of the journal Childhood Obesity and director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. “We seem to witness a leveling off, which is encouraging, but it’s far too soon to celebrate anything like ‘mission accomplished.’ ”

According to the CDC, one in three children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 were overweight or obese in 2011, the last year for which data is available — and the extra weight puts them at risk for a host of illnesses later in life, from heart disease and diabetes to high blood pressure and stroke.

There’s little question that Obama has focused public attention on the problem by founding “Let’s Move” in 2010 and enlisting a host of celebrities — including Beyonce, David Beckham and Gabby Douglas — to support the group’s efforts to promote healthier diets and more physical activity among kids.

“Let’s Move” is widely credited with helping to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which mandated that whole grains be a key component of school lunches and limited the calorie counts of the lunches to a maximum of 850. But the act’s major provisions only took effect last year and would have had little if any role in the 13 percent obesity decline cited by the First Lady in Clinton — a number not matched by other school-aged groups in Mississippi. For example, the obesity rate among high schoolers didn’t budge statistically during the time when elementary-age rate dropped, and a higher proportion of middle school students were actually obese in 2011 than in 2005.

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Tips And Tricks To Fight Childhood Obesity

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By Diana Maria

waistsmallOverweight or obese kids have becoming an alarming epidemic across the globe. This problem is affecting households irrespective of class, color, sex and ethnicity. Children of both developing and developed nation are being affected with almost the same intensity. The extra pounds that these kids put on pose a greater health and emotional risk. They can be prone to diabetes, asthma and serious heart ailments. They can also suffer from mental stress because of the alienation from sports and other team activities, as well as possible teasing. They can also lack from enthusiasm and energy when it comes to do something.

One of the most important aspects of fighting obesity during childhood is to understand how they get those extra pounds in the first place. It is observed that mostly children these days are eating too much and not working out enough. More importantly they are hooked up to junk food and sweetened drinks more, which piles up lots of calories and hence those extra pounds. Moreover the situation might be complicated with more time spent idle using computers or video games, or TV or mobile phones. They might be missing out the good old running and sweating by physical exercise and not getting enough calories burned up. So here are a few tips and tricks that might help your child fight obesity and lead a healthy and active life.

#1. All for one and one for all:

familyrunningFighting obesity of a child and getting him or her back to correct shape and health is not someone’s lone responsibility. The best way to do it is to get the whole family involved. If the whole family starts eating healthy, and leads an active life, it will benefit everyone in the family. Moreover they will also become the role model of the child. Eat healthy and keep telling your child what you are eating, at times you can also discuss the positive effects of the food and offer him or her a bite too.

Try to have breakfast and lunch together. That will also show the children that all of you have the same food and also discuss the benefits of them too. Make low calorie snacks, and have healthy drinks like lemonade or fruit juices in the cooler. It is better to avoid those aerated and sweetened drinks.

#2. Watch your food & theirs too:

Most children these days are hooked to junk food and soft drinks that tend to pile up calories and those extra pounds.

Most children these days are hooked to junk food and soft drinks that tend to pile up calories and those extra pounds. So to fight your child from getting overweight it is always better to start healthy eating habits. Serve and encourage eating all vegetables and fruits. Best way is to indulge in eating fresh and seasonal vegetables and fruits as they boost up the immune system as well. Try to avoid the frozen foods as they tend to lose their food value and does not taste great most of the times. Also add enough roughage in the food. Use different colored vegetables to make the dish colorful and attractive. But make sure to use very little fat and oil to cook.

Use fish, nits and vegetables as a source of fats as they are also needed to keep one healthy.

Skipping breakfast or lunch is not a healthy way to lose weight. Make sure that your child has breakfast and lunch and does not remain hungry for too long. Skipping meals does more harm than you can imagine. Make sure that the child also sees you eating all those healthy food and knows their benefit as well.

Avoid junk food and drinks as much as possible and encourage children to do so. Treat them with something special when they do so.

While making snacks or dessert make sure that they are low calorie ones. There are many ways to make delicious low calorie desserts and snacks.

Also keep track of the portions that you are serving. It is better to have small portions over a gap of two to three hours instead of having a huge portion once.

#3. Make them sweat:

boysoccerMake your children work. Let them run or jog or do physical exercise that makes calories burn. You can enroll them for swimming or martial arts or any form of sports that needs rigorous exercise. You can jog and ask them to cycle at a brisk pace with you, or they can run and you can cycle along with the, swimming is a very good option. Also gymnastics and other physically demanding and challenging sports can do a lot of good.

Do not idle yourself and lead an active life, this will help the children follow suit.

There are also some indoor games like badminton that can be very demanding physically. You can also indulge in gardening that can be physically demanding and keep you fit along with your children. Yoga can also be a good option. In case everything else has to be kept on hold for one thing or the other clean the house using the old broom and dusters with your kids.

#4. Reduce Screen time:

Limit the time your children spend in front of the television or the computer. Also limit their mobile phones. More they sit idle more they lose interest in physical activity. And without physical activity they definitely will add on those extra pounds. Take them to walks, parks and that will also do your health a lot of good.

Conclusion:

Your child may be already stressed because of his overweight or obesity. A drastic change in your lifestyle may add more to it. So do it in a slow and steady way and keep him informed about the changes in an informal way. Enroll him / her to some hobby that he/she likes as that has been seen to improve self esteem. Most importantly don’t get let down by love for your child, if you feel your child to be obese consult experts and then plan your moves accordingly. A healthy childhood can only lead to a healthy adulthood.

– Diana Maria is a writer blogger. She loves writing, travelling and reading books. She contributes to Neil Druker.

Cheesy Snacks Recommended For Fighting Childhood Obesity

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From Your Health Journal…..”EMax Health is a great web site, and I highly recommend your visiting their site to read some great articles like the one being reviewed here today. Modern day children are not only eating too many snacks per day, but poor choices when it comes to eating healthy. According to experts, children today snack an average of 3 times per day in comparison to 1 time per day with children from 30 years ago. For a study, children were divided into 4 snacking groups: 1. Potato chips only 2. Cheese only 3. Vegetables only 4. Cheese plus vegetables – as it turns out, the children who snacked on cheese and vegetables consumed significantly less calories than those who just had potato chips. Now, this is not a surprise, but it does support the fact that healthy choices at meals and snacks are key to keeping your children slim. Check out the full story at EMax health.”

From the article…..

Snacking contributes heavily to the problem of childhood obesity. According to experts, children today snack an average of 3 times per day in comparison to 1 time per day with children from 30 years ago. However, it’s not just the number of times a day a child snacks that is the problem, but the type of snacks eaten – in particular, fat-laden snacks like potato chips that do little to fill a growing body as well as appetite.

In a recent study published online in the medical journal Pediatrics, researchers from the Food and Brand Laboratory at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, designed an experiment to see whether children would consume fewer calories with high-nutrient dense snacks consisting of cheese and vegetables in comparison to children offered non-nutrient dense snacks.

The study involved 102 third through sixth grade children who were randomly divided into 4 groups consisting of 4 snacking environments:

1. Potato chips only
2. Cheese only
3. Vegetables only
4. Cheese plus vegetables

During the snacking study the children were allowed to snack as they pleased while watching 2 forty-five minute long TV programs. Before, during and after the TV programs, the children were each evaluated as to how full they felt while snacking.

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How Effective Is Putting Child’s Weight In Report Cards For Preventing Obesity?

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From Your Health Journal…..”In some areas of Australia, they are considering placing a child’s weight on their report cards. There will be two sides to this. One side will say, no big deal. The weight will be private, and only seen by school staff, parents, and the specific child. Most kids won’t even look twice at it. Then the other side will say, this is horrible, as some children already have low self esteem. Placing their weight on the report card will not help them lose weight, only embarrass them. So, what are your thoughts? Is it necessary to do this? Would it be better if the school nurse met with parents of children who may be overweight? In some schools in the US, children’s BMI (Body Mass Index) which takes height and weight measurements to see if a child’s weight falls within a healthy range is placed on report cards. This procedure has gotten mixed reviews, so there will be curiosity as to how this will play out in Australia. What are your thoughts?”

From the article…..

It may sound absurd, but how would it look seeing weight of a child on their school report? This is what has been suggested by none other than the man who led Australia’s successful response to the AIDS epidemic, David Penington, while chalking out plans against the obesity crisis.

While talking in an obesity summit in Canberra this week, the former vice-chancellor of Melbourne University and dean of medicine said that by taking this move, discussions would be spurned between parents and teachers about what all should be done to maintain a healthy weight.

“It’s not that I want the schools to be seen as the body responsible but, nonetheless, use the school environment as a way to contribute to ensuring the broader issues are there for discussion”, he said while asserting that there are times when obesity starts from early childhood and it needs to be tackled there only.

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