Instead of allowing fear to take over during difficult times, replace one 'f' word with another and have some fortitude. Every obstacle/challenge is an opportunity to grow if we allow ourselves to. So whether the goal is to lose 10 pounds, go back to school, learn another language, o
r change careers:
GO FOR IT. YOU ARE CAPABLE.
Temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and now BMI? It may not be the standard fifth vital sign yet, but you owe it to yourself and your family to ask your doctor to do the simple calculation. Don’t underestimate the power of an obesity screening. We could think of 100 reasons why you should be screened for obesity, but here are the eight that stand out the most.
Men suffer heart attacks (also called acute myocardial infarctions) an average of 10 years younger than women do, and they’re more likely to die of a heart attack than women of the same age. The death rate for African American men is even higher than it is for whites. Sadly, half of the men who die of heart disease weren’t even aware that they had a problem. In fact, the most common symptom of a heart attack is, unfortunately, sudden death.
Diet and Exercise are not Always Enough to lose Weight: Weight loss surgery may be an option
Many have tried countless diets, calorie counting, low-carb, juice cleanses, and ultimately the weight one loses comes back all too often. For most people, a healthy balanced diet and regular daily activity are just enough to maintain oneself at a current weight. The prevalence of obesity is greater than 30% in the Valley. For these individuals, maintaining their current weight or gaining weight may lead to a cascade of health problems.
So why is it so hard to shed those surplus fat pounds? Also, why is it so easy to gain back those pounds we lose? Unfortunately, Americans have become addicted to a lifestyle that virtually guarantees chronic age-associated weight gain, especially in the abdominal region. The bright side is that there are scientific data that can allow trained physicians to uniquely recommend patients specific nutrients, drugs and hormones, in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise program, to eradicate these obesity-inducers.