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OBESITY: The Growing National Crisis

Obesity is a large and rapidly growing problem in the United States and around the world. In 2010, over 35% of Americans were overweight, and the proportion increases each year. What's worse is that despite media coverage, clinical studies, and doctors’ warnings, many people are still not aware of this problem. Moreover, when people do realize that they need help, they often do not have access to resources required to start making changes. According to a study done by the Center for Disease Control this year, obesity appears to be more prevalent in both men and women over the age of 60. Thus, in addition to many health issues that arise in older adults, many of these adults are also suffering from obesity-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes that manifest from high blood pressure, glucose intolerance and high cholesterol. What is also worrisome is that childhood obesity around the world is on the rise.

Moreover, an obesity-induced decrease in mobility worsens one’s overall quality of life. A struggle with daily life can make it extremely difficult to do more physical activities, such as exercise or even housework. Not surprisingly, obesity is also associated with an increased likelihood of depression. There is a new evidence that obesity is also associated with increased risk of some types of cancer. As with most diseases, once obesity has progressed to a certain point, it becomes more difficult to reverse it. This becomes a vicious cycle, and can lead to a situation in which a solution like bariatric surgery is one of the few options remaining to break the cycle. While demonstrated to be an effective immediate solution, it is important to remember that it also carries serious risks. Also, in order for the surgery to be effective long-term, it must be supported by aggressive lifestyle modifications. Anyone electing costly bariatric surgery hoping that it will allow them to continue the lifestyle that caused the condition in the first place is likely to have only short-term weight loss and a return of the accompanying symptoms.

Decades of scientific evidence show that prevention is the least painful and most cost-effective way to control weight and prevent obesity-related diseases. Lifestyle Nutrition Management aims to help patients find a personalized, natural, and gradual solution for achieving and maintaining optimal health.