Obesity Showing No Signs of Decreasing

A sobering report from federal health officials was released last week in regards to the country’s obesity problem. Obese adults in the country were at 38 percent in years 2013-2014. It is a rise, albeit slight, from the 35 percent of obese adults in the years 2011-2012. What makes this report particularly disappointing is all the efforts that have been taken by way of initiatives and laws implemented to combat obesity resulted in no decrease in the statistics, but rather an increase.

There are some positives that came from those actions, such as the reduction in sugar and soda consumption as well as calorie intake. However, it seems as though those improvements belong to some demographics more than others. For example, African American women have an obesity rate of 47 percent, and Hispanic women are at 46 percent from years spanning 2011 to 2014. The next closest was Hispanic men with 39 percent.

The report concluded that there have been improvements in the American diet, but there is a wide gap with regards to who actually takes part in its improvement. Many of the people that don’t take part are lower-income and less-educated parts of the population. There’s increasing concern that there is no remedy for that particular issue. “When we take the U.S. average, we are hiding a lot of detail,” says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of then nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The silver lining in the report were the results of childhood obesity. It showed that there are no changes in the obesity rate — that’s the next best thing to having a decrease. School lunch food requirements and the removal of sugar-sweetened beverages have been installed in school systems to stymie the obesity rate and they may be doing their part.

Researchers don’t have many answers as what the next course of action could be. Not only does much of America not partake in enough physical activity, but inexpensive and less healthy food choices become more attractive. A good place to start is with continuing to educate the public about living a healthy lifestyle and eating a proper diet. Also, we must educate people on how the body reacts to different type of foods. Simply put: We know that certain foods will make you gain weight, but why?

Reports such as this show that laws won’t be enough to slow the obesity rate of the country because at the end of the day the power is with the consumer. They will always be able to choose what they would like to eat. Change the mentality of the dieter and it will be a step in the right direction to reverse the upward trend of obesity in America.

Source: The New York Times


Turn New Year's Resolutions to Rest of Year Goals

“New Year’s Resolution, bro!” That was the reply I received when I asked a friend if he is ready to come to the gym with me. That’s the train of thought for a lot of us dieters around this time of year. The New Year is right around the corner, and that is when we’ll either finally start or get back on track towards a healthier lifestyle.

But why wait? There is rarely ever a “perfect time” to start something —not to mention there are some negatives to waiting until the New Year. Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching and it’s tough not to overeat during those holidays. Dieters sometimes feel that since we know when we’ll start, we have that extra time to eat however we want, and possibly gain some extra pounds to add to the ones we already want to lose. We may also get into some bad habits, like slacking on physical activity. When the New Year starts, we expect our activity to be high and consistent; that’s the goal at least, so we may get comfortable in our inactivity during the meantime.

What better time to start than today, right now? You know what you want to do, so why wait until the New Year to start? Instead, make the New Year a target for when you want to reach your goal weight and start working towards it. So when the New Year starts, it will be time to set new goals. Find motivation wherever you can. Maybe there are events you may want to take part in such as a 5k or 10k that you have to prepare for. Tag along with a friend or family member that may already have a workout regimen. The finish line won’t ever get closer until you start. Start now with working towards a healthier you with Robard’s proven weight management programs that have helped thousands achieve their weight loss goals — but, more importantly, improve their health and happiness. What better time to start than now? To find a clinic near you, click here.


November is National Diabetes Month

According to the National Diabetes Education Program, “National Diabetes Month is observed every November to draw attention to diabetes and its effects on millions of Americans.” The NDEP’s 2015 theme, Diabetes Education and Support: Everyone Has a Role. What’s Yours?, “highlights the need for ongoing diabetes education and support among people with diabetes and those who care for them.”

Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes; therefore, prevention and treatment of obesity is of utmost importance to help control or minimize the effects of type 2 diabetes. Studies show that metabolic control of diabetes can reduce the associated complications.

According to a medical protocol written by Robard Medical Advisory Panel member Christopher Case, MD, “Recent research has elucidated the pathophysiology of diabetes, suggesting that insulin resistance and beta-cell dysfunction as key components. Weight loss can address the underlying pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes, even within one week on a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). Diet-induced weight loss through a VLCD removes stores of ectopic fat outside the fat cell, improving beta-cell function, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol. This is often associated with a reduction in medications to treat type 2 diabetes and an improved quality of life.

Robard offers a suite of materials related to type 2 diabetes for you and your patients. In addition to our extensive Diabetes Medical Protocol, we offer patient education modules, patient brochures, and more, to assist you with explaining the correlation between type 2 diabetes and obesity. Our medical protocols are also available on our website. To view the protocols, login to www.Robard.com, and visit “Medical Protocols” under the “Education” tab in the top navigation. By using Robard’s frequently asked questions and patient handout on type 2 diabetes, you can further educate your patients on recommendations for suggested initial testing, ongoing monitoring, and contraindications/risks.

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