Obesity is one of the most serious health issues affecting the United States today.
Not only does obesity limit agility and fundamental human abilities, it often leads to other medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, and even death. Due to the amount of people affected by this disease, obesity is an epidemic not just in the United States, but the world.
Combining these studies reveals patterns strung among the data while introducing helpful information for initiating weight loss. Stay in tuned below the infographic to see more about the various obesity treatment options.
Obesity Statistics of 2016
Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States: “In 2011-2012, 8.1% of infants and toddlers had a high weight for recumbent length, 16.9% of 2 to 19-year-old, and 34.9% of adults (age-adjusted) aged 20 years or older were obese.”
Obesity Rates by Age Group: “This 2014 study shows the states with the highest obesity rates for multiple age groups. For adults aged 18-25 and 45-64, Arkansas holds the lead with 23.9% and 41.9%, respectively. Mississippi has a 41.5% obesity rate for adults aged 26-44, and Ohio has a 33.4% obesity rate for seniors.”
Adult Obesity in the United States: “Obesity rates for children and teenagers ages 10 to 17 ranged from a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi according to the most recent state-by-state level data from the 2011 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH).”
Study of Children Ages 10 to 17: “According to the most recent data, rates of obesity now exceed 35 percent in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia, and Mississippi), 22 states have rates above 30 percent, 45 states are above 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent.”
Food Insecurity, Food Deserts and Healthy Weight: “More than 14 percent of U.S. households (17.4 million) are “food insecure” — defined by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as having their access to adequate diet and nutrition limited due to cost, proximity and other resources.”
Physical Inactivity in the United States: “Being physically inactive is responsible for one in 10 deaths among U.S. adults. Eighty percent of American adults do not meet the government’s physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Sixty percent of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits.”
Diabetes in the United States: “Diabetes rates have nearly doubled in the past twenty years — from 5.5 percent in 1988 to 1994 to 9.3 percent in 2005 to 2010. More than 29 million American adults have diabetes, and another 86 million have prediabetes. West Virginia has the highest rate of diabetes at 14.1 percent.”
Hypertension in the United States: “One in three adults has high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke. Approximately 30 percent of cases of hypertension may be attributable to obesity, and the figure may be as high as 60 percent in men under age 45.”
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity: “Rates of overweight and obesity have increased across the United States among people of all ethnic and racial groups, all ages, and both genders… Among U.S. adults, Black and Latino’s populations have substantially higher rates of obesity than do White communities. This is true among both [genders].”
Obesity and Socioeconomic Status in Adults: United States: This 2008 study shows increased obesity rates among medium-income (between 130% and 350% of the poverty level) adults (36.8%), as opposed to high-income (above 350% of the poverty line) (31.0%) and low-income (below 130% of the poverty line) (35.6%) adults.
State obesity rates could skyrocket by 2030: “Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and health care costs in the United States. Currently, estimates of these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year.”
How to Rid Yourself of Obesity
There are many treatment options to obesity, including lifestyle changes, diet, prescriptions, and weight loss surgery. Although, more drastic options, including, weight loss surgery can have an immediate impact. All the treatment options are interrelated. All options will typically include dietary changes and more physical activities.
Weekly Physical Activity: Typically individuals who are overweight or obese need to get a culmination of at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity to prevent weight gain. Those who are looking to lose specifically more than a modest amount of weight, should work their way up to an aggregate of 300 minutes.
Small Steps Matter: Sometimes you just can’t visit the gym, that’s okay because every day we’re faced with choices. Whether to climb the stairs or take the escalator. Whether to walk to the corner market or get your care. Whether to order in, or cook something healthy delicious. You get the picture, but every small step matter.
Every extra body movement or healthy food choice helps to make your body more adaptable and, therefore, more fit.
Behavior Changes: Behavior can be a huge factor in creating unwanted extra pounds. Those late-night fast food runs are only increasing your waistline.
Support Groups: Support groups can help you stave off emotional eating. Today there are numerous groups and forums, which can assist you with your emotional issues.
Prescription weight-loss medication may help you increase weight-loss, along with dieting and regular exercise. Those hoping for a miracle pill, are quickly awaken to the realities of weight-loss medication. Weight-loss medication isn’t a miracle pill and does require a lot of patience and support.
Medication is typically for those with BMIs over 30, and those with BMIs over 27 along with comorbidities, such as diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol. The downsides of medication include the possibilities that the effects may decrease over time, along with the fact that weight may reappear after you’ve stopped taking the drug.
Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss Surgery is an option for individuals who have failed with typical diet and exercise. There are several weight loss surgeries, but they tend to fall into two categories: restrictive and malabsorptive. Like weight-loss medication, weight loss surgery will only work if individuals are dedicated to new diets and physical activities, as well, as the new behavior changes needed.
Most Common Weight Loss Procedures:
- Gastric Sleeve Surgery: Gastric Sleeve, otherwise called sleeve gastrectomy, is a weight loss procedure that restricts your stomach’s capacity by permanently removing up to 80% of it.
- Gastric Bypass Surgery: Gastric Bypass Surgery, otherwise called RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery, is a procedure with both malabsorptive and restrictive components.
- Duodenal Switch: Duodenal Switch is a procedure that removes a large part of the stomach, similar to the gastric sleeve, and adds a malabsorptive component. Duodenal Switch (DS) is a surgery that provides considerable weight loss.
Tips on Losing Weight
- Get enough sleep.
- Sleep Deprivation is directly correlated with obesity. Getting enough sleep will help normalize the production of Growth Hormone, which helps promote normalize fat mass.
- Eat Healthier:
- Eat more lean protein
- Eat more Fiber
- Avoid Unnecessary Sugar (Sugary Drinks, Alcoholic Beverages, Snacks)
- Be more Physically Active
- Try to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity, every week. To make more significant gains of weight loss, you may need more than 300 minutes of physical activity every week.
Reducing Childhood Obesity
Imagine giving a child a burger… but before you provide them with the burger, you preface this by saying it’s ‘Good For You,’ or, in other words, healthy. Watch, as his the child’s expression slowly distorts towards grimace. Give a child a burger that is, ‘Delicious,’ and it’s assumed it’s fatty or unhealthy. But, the main thing is that it tastes good.
Children can be swapped with most adults in this scenario. The fact is most obesity can be attributed to an incremental theory, which says that all those extra calories, say an average of 200 calories a day, contribute to your waistline. Saving yourself from ingesting 100 calories per day, can lead to big changes. Every bit helps.
Labeling foods healthy or not, regardless of how they taste the wrong answer. Giving people what they want is the answer. Delicious Food. A child doesn’t need to know how healthy things are. Their minds should be more consumed with other worldly endeavors, like learning.