Health and Fitness

The Die Is Cast Not Machined

As part of my post-Acomplia therapy, I rang the foreman down at the factory. He said they were keeping my old job for me. In fact, truth be told, he said they were missing me. The younger kids couldn't hack it at all when it came to the kind of work I could do in my sleep, so the sooner I got back to work the better for everyone. I told him I'd do my best to get back in another month. I was bored to tears and needed a rest from all this sickness. He told me he'd seen a piece in the paper about Acomplia, but before he could start on about it, I told him I was all lined up with prescriptions for it. He laughed and said they would miss me standing outside in brass monkey weather just to get my fix of nicotine. It was odd that people outside were talking about Acomplia. I'd thought it was just a doctor thing but, when I asked the nurses, they laughed and said the French company that makes Acomplia was laying it on thick. They were cracking on it was the dawn of a new era. Too much weight?

Medicare and Cheap Lap Band Surgery

Good quality of life means ensuring that your health is what it should be. Obesity related health issues can be life-threatening. It is good to know that lap band surgery, while not cheap, is now deemed to be both safe and effective in the treatment of obesity. For people who have tried, unsuccessfully, conventional methods of weight loss, such as dieting, pills, and exercise, lap band surgery may prove to be the only way to resolve and prevent chronic health related issues. Most health insurance plans will cover some, and in special instances, all of the costs of lap band surgery. They have changed their policies regarding lap band surgery because studies have proven that weight loss has been shown to substantially reduce future health care expenses. Weight loss significantly reduces the risk of developing chronic illnesses that are incredibly expensive to treat. In turn, the insurance company puts out less money. The first step a patient should take is to talk to their health insurance representative.

Parents - Help Your Child Combat Obesity

According to a 2007 report by the Trust for American's Health, approximately 25 million children ages of 6 to 17 in the United States are either overweight or obese. Child obesity is increasing and it is considered by many to be an epidemic in developed Western countries such as Australia, Canada England and the United States. The problem of childhood obesity is medically far more serious than most parents realise and it is a very real issue that is affecting millions of children each day. Child obesity can be directly linked to a myriad of health complications as well as to poor quality of life, poor self-esteem and impaired social skills amongst children. Because of the increasing rate of child obesity, paediatricians are noticing health problems among children that were rare in the past. When a person is more than 20 percent above their Ideal Body Weight (IBW), they are considered obese. Obesity can also be calculated using body mass index (BMI). For children, obesity is present when total body weight is more than 25 percent fat in boys and more than 32 percent fat in girls.

Is Obesity A Disorder?

In America today, the battle with obesity is severe and rapidly affecting many men, women and children. More over, many other diseases may develop due to obesity. Even as it is considered an individual clinical condition, it is claiming an estimated 35 percent of Americans as its victims. It is consistently viewed as a serious and growing public health problem. Despite the increasing risk factors due to prevalence, costs and burdens; there are rising responses from public health policy. Obesity is the condition in which the natural energy reserve is stored in the fatty tissue of humans. It is increased to the degree of severe illness or mortality. It is suggested by researchers that the combination of an excessive nutrient intake along with a sedentary lifestyle are the main causes for the rapid acceleration of obesity. This is to include social determinants or even environmental factors. Although nutritional data is available in schools, medical facilities, and internet and on groceries, unfortunately, the over indulging continues to exist.

Cancer Has Been Linked To Obesity

European researchers had reported in their study published recently that being overweight or obese may increase a person's risk of developing up to a dozen different types of cancer. The link has long been suspected by doctors between weight gain and certain cancers, including colon and breast cancers. But the new study, published in the Lancet, suggest that it could also increase chances for cancer of the esophagus, thyroid, kidney, uterus, gall bladder and among others. While the study suggests a link, there is no definitive proof that being fat in itself causes cancer. The study was done by compiling and analyzing data from one hundred forty one earlier reports to consider more types of cancers and more diverse populations than had been done previously. The research covered more than two hundred eighty thousand cancer cases from North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. The subjects, both overweight and normal weight, were followed for about nine to fifteen years, with researchers tracking their Body Mass Index (BMI), a calculation of body but based on people's weight divided by the square of their height and correlating it with incidents of cancer.

The Facts About Weight Loss Surgery

According to various statistics, each year in the U.S. over 100, 000 people opt for weight loss surgery. Obesity surgery (known as bariatric surgery) has been proved to be very effective for people with life-threatening weight-related conditions, but it is regarded as a last resort when all other methods of controlling weight, including prescription drugs, have failed. Here's a closer look at this method of weight loss. Obesity surgery is available privately on referral, and only for patients who have been receiving treatment from a doctor in regards to their obesity. To be considered for an operation, patients must have a BMI of 40 or more, or 35 or more if they have medical conditions that would improve with weight loss. They must also be fit enough to have a general anesthetic and be psychologically prepared for the life-changing implications of the operation. Types of surgical procedure The following types of surgical procedure are available; they may be carried out as 'open' or keyhole surgery.

Child Obesity in America

The epidemic of child obesity in America seems to have never been more prevalent than it is today. Even with all of the media attention on the increase in weight and the decline of activity of children all across our country, not enough seems to be happening to make the differences that the next generation needs to see. What is even more frightening is that we don't need the television or obesity statistics to know that the problem isn't going away; we can see it in our neighborhoods and sometimes in our own households. There is hope. Education is key; education for parents, teachers, and the community, but also education for the kids. The more we all know, the easier it will be to create a change. In working with men, women, and children as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, and Youth Sports Instructor over the past decade, I have seen the highs and the lows of fitness in America. Having been witness to some of those lows, I can still see a light at the end of the tunnel, but what's more important is that the children see that light.

Stress Can Give You a Fat Stomach

When we feel stressed out, it triggers a chemical in our body called cortisol. Constant deadlines, arguing with your significant other, traffic, any kind of stressor can turn on the alarm in your brain that triggers the release of stress hormones. The adrenal gland releases large amounts of the hormone cortisol, a chemical that the body calls upon in times of stress unleashing the fight or flight response. Stress signals leading to the release of cortisol can lead not only to weight gain in general, but also promotes the tendency to store visceral fat around the midsection. The hardest fat to get rid of. These are fat cells that are located deep in the abdomen, and while not only putting fat in the stomach area, have been linked to an increase in both diabetes and heart disease. Stress has been proven to give the stressed person a propensity to opt for fat laden foods. Kind of a food therapy, or food self-medication. While more fattening foods or comfort foods may ease the stress momentarily, of course it's putting weight on you at the same time.

Child Obesity Increases

Currently our society is showing clear evidence of an increase in child obesity. Recent research has highlighted that rates of obesity in some sections of society have more than doubled. Unfortunately amongst children the rate has tripled. The increase has been blamed on parents and carers who generally do not do enough to encourage healthy eating, instead opting for convenience with the purchase of readily available foods and store prepared meals. Failure to address this problem early will result in children carrying obesity problems into an adulthood. Unfortunately in some families the trend towards obesity can be hereditary. Even if this is the case, there are still many steps than a parent can take to help prevent their child developing obesity. Of course the primary factor is the child's nutrition. Steps should be taken where possible to prevent children over consuming fast foods or snack foods that are low in nutritional value. It can be difficult to encourage children to eat properly.

Food Is Not a Medication

When you have a headache, you take an over-the-counter pain relief medication. If you have an uncomfortable emotion, do you take the relief self-medication of emotional eating? For many of us that have weight issues, emotional eating is the result from attempting to change the way we feel. Diet programs are effective temporarily. How many times have you joined a diet program to lose weight only to regain, possibly a few bonus pounds added in the process? The reason why diet programs rarely work long-term is because they address food and exercise and, at best, mention emotional eating issues. Dealing with emotional eating is the key to overcoming weight loss ups and downs. We eat for a reason and it is not because we are hungry. We eat to suppress or lessen the intensity of emotions, make an uncomfortable situation more manageable, or just to numb out by self-medicating ourselves with food. I was in a reception room waiting for an appointment the other day. The receptionist had a bowl of candy coated chocolates.

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