Oct 18 2015

The Real Cost of a few Extra Pounds

Published by at 12:43 pm under Personal Care,probiotic supplements

Weighing the health risks and costs of being obese.
“…According to the CDC, more than a third of U.S. adults are obese and around 17% of children are obese… “1


The numbers are out and they are concerning. More than one third of the US adult population is obese and approximately 17% of our children are also considered obese. And these numbers could be higher as people may not be completely forthcoming when being surveyed about their weight. We’ve been talking a lot about metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and the underlying causes for these diseases. Being overweight, to the point of obesity is just plain dangerous for us as individuals and costly to us as a nation. So many health related issues are a result of being overweight and if we could drop those extra pounds, many of our problems could go away.1*

Obesity related issues include Type 2 diabetes, heart related issues and stroke. All of these are life threatening yet preventable! Joint issues are often a direct result or exacerbated by carrying extra weight. Every organ in your body has to work harder when you are carrying extra pounds. *  

Not only is being obese costly to our health, it is expensive. When you are obese, you can plan to spend about $1500 more in medical costs than a person of normal weight. Obesity related issues are costing the United States $147 billion annually. (1,2*)

These obesity statistics were collected by the CDC’s Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System which was established in 1984 to collect health related information and data from US citizens via telephone surveys. This particular survey was measured by using Body Mass Index (BMI), a ratio of a person’s weight to height. Adults whose BMI is 25 to 29.9 are categorized as overweight, while adults with a BMI of 30 or greater are considered obese. The good news, (if we can call it that), is these new numbers that have come out are showing that we are holding steady in our obesity rates and they have not gone up. (1,2,3*)

“…In a state-by-state analysis, Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi were states with the highest adult obesity rates. Hawaii, the District of Columbia and Colorado had the lowest rates. While the Midwest had the greatest prevalence of obesity, the South was not far behind and was home to seven of the states with the highest obesity rates in the nation. Obesity rates have been steadily rising since the 1990s. In 2013, Mississippi and West Virginia were the first two states to ever report more than 35% of their adult population as obese…”1  In the South, the area where obesity rates are the highest, they also have the highest rates of hypertenstion, showing a direct coorelation between being obese and this heart condition. (1,4*)

Obesity Heat Map

Losing weight can be so difficult. Getting your gut healthy is such a big part of it. Review past blogs for ideas on smart ways to get healthy. Eating whole organic foods in reasonable portion sizes and getting plenty of exercise are at the top of the list along with getting the balance of friendly to unfriendly bacteria in your gut in check. Remember you want about 80% friendly to 20% unfriendly, and the way you can accomplish that is by supplementing daily with BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL PROBIOTICS CONSORITIA™. If you fall into the obese category, seek help from a health care practitioner to set up a diet that you can follow. The time is now to prevent future dangerous health conditions by losing weight and exercising. Start today and enjoy a healthier future.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

Resources:

  1. http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/21/health/obesity-state-by-state/index.html
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/02/health/obesity-in-u-s-fast-facts/
  4. http://stateofobesity.org/fastfacts/

 

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