Multidimensional Programs Needed To Fight Obesity
With more than 300,000 deaths per year due to obesity, wellness programs are reinventing themselves to combat the condition.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day, Americans gain between five and 10 pounds and consume two pounds of fat.
55 percent of all adults are overweight. If the trend continues,
experts say within a few generations virtually every U.S. adult will be
overweight, plus one-third of all children.
So what is the solution?
"It is not
simply a nutrition problem," according to Dr. Earl Mindell, a
nutritionist and expert on vitamins, dietary supplements and nutrition
and the author of the "Vitamin Bible."
convinced for permanent weight loss, individuals need to seek programs
that require a multidimensional approach that includes a healthy but
simple eating plan, exercises, behavioral strategies and goal setting.
A successful program should include a thermogenics aspect that does not
stress the adrenal system. Thermogenics is the metabolic process by
which we maintain our body temperature by burning our stored body fat
and obesity pose a major public health challenge," according to Dr.
Claude Lenfant, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute director.
Heart Association has added obesity to its list of major risk factors
for heart disease and heart attacks. Obesity is a reason why so many
Americans have elevated cholesterol and blood pressure levels. It also
is linked to stroke, diabetes, premature death and asthma, according to
The trend in the prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing, according to the National Health Examinations Survey.
Fad diets and
fat substitutes are not the answers to weight loss; in fact, they are a
big part of the problem, according to researchers at the Institute of
Food Technologies and Herb Research Association.
restrictions alone are not a good long-term strategy for weight loss,
but for some people, cutting back on calories can lead to health risk,
according to the National Institute of Health.