Friday, February 11, 2011

"End The Trend"

Cincinnati Fit Club is working hard to reverse the current trend of Obesity "End The Trend" throughout the region. We are providing solutions that will last, vs., starting a weight loss or get fit program the dies out in a few months. Our Coaches are available daily, to help keep you motivated, just a phone call away.

WHY- Here are two articles of 1000s out there, warning Americans, if we do not change, things are going to get tough. Join us, we are here to help, and support every step of the way, with FUN and On-Going Solutions that will last!

Life expectancy rising slowly in the US

January 28 2011 Magazine issue 2797.

LIFE expectancy in the US is rising slower than expected and the blame lies mostly with a history of smoking and an obesity epidemic.

Children born in Japan today can expect to live about 5 years longer than their American counterparts. The gap between Europe and the US is smaller, but widening. A panel set up by the US National Research Council (NRC) has now concluded that life expectancy in the US has risen more slowly than in other rich countries because of smoking, overeating and lack of exercise.

When today's senior citizens were younger, Americans used to smoke more than people in other rich countries. This accounts for about 40 per cent of the lag in life expectancy for US men - and almost 80 per cent for US women. Obesity is the next most important factor, accounting for between one-fifth and one-third of the US shortfall in life expectancy.

While poor access to healthcare sends some Americans to an early grave, its effects pale beside the damage caused by unhealthy lifestyles, says Samuel Preston of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, co-chair of the NRC panel. "The basic message is that personal behaviours are primarily responsible," he says.

Obesity Study Grim for Ohio, Ky

Written by
Peggy O'Farrell Filed Under
Local news
Defining obesity
Obesity is defined as an adult having a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher. For an adult who is 5-foot-9, a weight of 203 pounds of more would qualify them as obese.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
If America doesn't get its weight problem under

If America doesn't get its weight problem under control, more than half the adults in Ohio, Kentucky and three other states will be obese by 2018, according to a report released today.

The report, written by Kenneth Thorpe, a researcher at Emory University in Atlanta, projects that by 2018, 51.2 percent of Kentucky adults and 50.9 percent of Ohio adults will be obese by then if the current rate continues.

In 2008, the percentage of obese adults in Kentucky and Ohio was 34.8 percent and 33.9 percent, respectively.

Nationally, 31.3 percent of adults were obese in 2008; Thorpe projects that will increase to 42.8 percent by 2018.

"Oh, lord," was University of Cincinnati obesity researcher Randy Seeley's reaction to the projections.

Only Colorado, where 23.8 percent of adults are now considered obese, is projected to remain relatively thin, with 29.8 percent of its adults obese by 2018, according to the report's projections.

As the pounds pile up, so will the costs. The report projects $344 billion in health-care costs, or 21 percent of all health-care spending, will be directly attributable to obesity-related ailments, such as heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes.

By 2018, every Ohio adult will spend a projected $1,877 to treat obesity-related ailments, while obesity will cost Kentucky residents $1,836 each, compared to $433 now in both states.

The projected cost increases can be blamed on three factors, Thorpe writes:

• The increase in the number of obese adults.

• The increase in the cost of treatments, including prescription drugs.

• The aging population.

Stopping the trend could save millions, if Americans' weight stays where it is now, Thorpe writes. By 2018, the U.S. as a whole could save an estimate $198 billion in health-care costs. Ohio could save $9.3 billion, and Kentucky could save $3.6 billion.

Public health officials are working on strategies to prevent obesity. Kathy Gavin, director of community health promotion for the Northern Kentucky Health Department, points to programs her agency runs working to improve food offerings in public schools and to increase the amount of exercise people get.

The health department is also working with cities and developers to make sure sidewalks are built in subdivisions, and that communities are laid out so that people can easily walk to the grocery store or post office, she said.

Efforts like that are important, Seeley said, but they aren't enough to help the nation slim down.

"We can talk about things that are preventative, but we also have to deal with the populations we have, and deal with obesity as a real problem, not as an afterthought," he said.

It's easy to blame more empty calories and less physical activity for weight gain, Seeley said, but that doesn't explain why obesity rates have more than doubled in the last 30 years.

Better nutrition and more exercise can help prevent Americans from becoming obese, he said, but there are few options for treating people who have already become obese.

And it's hard to convince people - and their doctors - that they're obese, he said.

"You'd think it would be the most obvious thing in sight, but even doctors are very poor at gauging people's weight," Seeley said.

And few people, doctors included, he said, treat obesity as a disease.

"People don't take it seriously, because we don't think of it as a real disease. We think about it as a failure of personal willpower, but it's not that simple," he said. "It doesn't take much."

Even as few as 20 to 30 extra calories a day can cause enough weight gain to push an adult into the "obese" category over time, he said.

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