The Misunderstood Truths About Being Overweight
Over 70% of the US population is overweight and over 30% is considered obese.
Obesity is poised to overtake smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in the US, and the majority of those deaths will be directly or indirectly linked to cardiovascular disease.
Being overweight contributes to a variety of other medical conditions including:
- Adult onset/Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus
- High blood pressure
- Hyperlidemia (elevated cholesterol and triglycerides)
- Certain kinds of cancer
- Sleep apnea
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Degenerative arthritis
These illnesses adversely affect the quality of our lives as well as drain our personal finances. Medical illness negatively impacts our personal and professional productivity and further depletes our economy because it increases absenteeism and decreases businesses’ bottom line profits. As the population gets sicker, medical health insurance costs escalate.
WEIGHT LOSS PREVENTS ILLNESS
Many of these unhealthy conditions may be reversed or prevented if you are able to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Despite this, often our health insurance does NOT cover weight loss programs, medically supervised or not.
Many employers recognize the huge financial drain attributable to increased health insurance costs, as well as diminished employee productivity, and have offered weight loss and wellness programs to their employees directly or by insisting that their health insurance company provide a weight loss and wellness program to their employees. The problem is there are very few programs that actually deliver weight loss that is sustained.
STRUGGLING WITH WEIGHT LOSS? THEN YOU KNOW IT’S DIFFICULT.
Many of us have tried a variety of weight loss programs and may have been able to achieve some success, but in all likelihood if you are still reading this, you have not been able to keep it off. You are not alone; most people share your experience. In fact, the national success rate for sustained weight loss is estimated by some to be less than 10% over time.
Most people inaccurately believe that as one gets older, it is normal to get heavier. As we age, our bone and muscle mass actually tends to decrease. It does NOT make sense to assume it is natural to gain weight with age since the structures that support our weight are less capable of doing just that. This is why many of us experience the so-called aches and pains of ’getting older.’ As we gain weight, our body wears out quicker. THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SO.
Only when we understand the root cause of being overweight are we able to implement a true and lasting solution to it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Barry Schiff, MD is the Medical Director of CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists located in Pembroke Pines, FL. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Schiff has served as Chief of Medicine and as Chief of Staff of Memorial Hospital Pembroke and has been practicing clinical cardiology in the South Florida community for over 25 years. He has also served as Physician CEO and President of University Heart Institute Cardiovascular Group in Pembroke Pines, FL.
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