Beating the Obesity Epidemic

the epidemic of obesityWhen media outlets and medical professionals discuss the epidemic of obesity in America, they tend to address the issue without actually addressing the reality of the problem behind this epidemic.  The National Institutes of Health has determined that obesity and being overweight together kills an estimated 300,000 Americans every year.  This makes obesity and being overweight the second leading cause of preventable death in the county, behind tobacco use.  To better put this in perspective, it means that each year five times as many Americans die from obesity and being overweight than died during twenty years in Vietnam and almost ten times the numbers who died on our roadways in 2009. Obesity is the mass murderer that lives among us.

Obesity is not just a word that is used casually.  It clinically refers to being so overweight it is detrimental to one’s health.  It is determined by calculating the body mass index (BMI) of an individual based on height and weight.  To be considered obese, a person must have a BMI of 30 or above.  The terms “seriously obese” and “morbidly obese” are also used clinically, referring to people who have a BMI of 35 or 40 respectively.  If a doctor refers to someone as being obese, it is fundamentally necessary that the person begins a regimen to start losing weight immediately.  Obesity is a problem facing record numbers of both adults and children, severely impacting large segments of our society.  Half of all obese people have problems with hypertension, while one-third of all cases of hypertension are associated with obesity.  Hypertension is a leading cause of stroke and heart disease.  Studies have shown that being obese raises the risk of suffering from heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, by more than a third.  The record numbers of obesity are also adding to the record numbers who have diabetes, found in 8.3% of the total population.  Another 35% of adults also have pre-diabetes, also associated with obesity.

While genetics can certainly play a role in determining who may become obese, genetics are not destiny.  Studies have shown that those with a genetic predisposition toward obesity can maintain an ideal weight if they eat a healthy diet and get regular amounts of exercise.  Good health usually begins with moderate exercise, a proper diet and maintaining a healthy weight.  Simply losing weight can even improve the health and lower the risk factors for those who are already obese and who may even be suffering from the many illnesses associated with obesity.

Unlike fad diets, the Amino Diet (a low glycemic diet) is a diet that allows for both short term and long term success.  Many other diets fail because its participants are left feeling hungry or are otherwise unable to function due to lack of energy and poor nutrition.  This only causes the regaining of the weight that had been lost.  The Amino Diet prevents the dramatic spikes and crashes of energy because it regulates blood sugar, allowing our customers to feel full and satisfied for longer periods of time.  Regulating the blood sugar prevents fat storage and allows rapid weight loss and also lowers the risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.  If you would like more information regarding the Amino Diet, contact our health coaches, Toll Free, at 800-980-7208 or visit our community at

Authored by Dr. Humble Finsand

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