Rising Numbers In Obesity Leads To Other Health Concerns

If obesity wasn’t considered an epidemic before, it’s certainly reached full-blown status now. Each successive study points to obesity as the base problem of yet another condition. Just days ago a report on the CBS News website revealed that knee replacement surgeries have doubled in the past 20 years and it’s not just the elderly who account for these procedures. Obesity has taken a toll on the joints of patients of all ages, with obese older patients accounting for 12 percent of first-time joint replacement operations. And that number has tripled, up from only four percent.

In the short-term, the immediate fix has been legislated accommodation for the disabled and the handicapped. Companies that bring to market wheelchair vans and scooter accessible vehicles that allow easy access and transportation have flourished providing a vital product. When you look at the progressive rise in knee replacement surgeries and consider them in relation to projections that American adult obesity rates will exceed 44 percent by the year 2030, what does that portend for the future?

Adding to the blame, fingers are being pointed at not just soft drinks, but the can materials themselves. Soda can interiors are lined with a substance that includes Bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to childhood obesity. It could simply be that overweight youngsters tend to drink more soda than their leaner counterparts and therefore have BPA in their systems. Regardless of the implications, the finger pointing needs to stop. We’re getting whiplash from rushing to adjust our lives based on one study and then falling back to our normal habits when the next study comes along and refutes the first study’s findings. Remember when coconut oil and corn syrup were blamed for all manner of health issues, only to have subsequent research reveal that maybe those things weren’t so bad after all?

With so much information, some of which is misleading and meant to scare consumers into submission, it’s easy to see how you can become preoccupied concentrating on products that cause obesity. Instead of outlawing soft drinks and declaring deep fryers to be lethal weapons, why not concentrate on educating Americans on healthy lifestyles?

Taking a proactive stance in response to the research findings that point to a fatter future for Illinois adults, an Illinois University is promoting nutrition and health as effective tools to help students get a grip on their weight issues. Steps like implementing a website that breaks down nutritional values of food available in the dining halls will allow students to make choices — healthy or not — and take responsibility for their habits.

Whether you’re a student or not, a busy lifestyle that doesn’t include physical activity can get in the way a leaner America. It’s important for people of all ages to start taking note of the choices they’re making. The foods we eat are only one aspect of the equation. Becoming more physically active is another big piece of the puzzle. If you choose to work out, you’ll burn excess calories and strengthen muscles that support joints, reducing if not eliminating the need for surgery and reversing the statistics.

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2 Responses to Rising Numbers In Obesity Leads To Other Health Concerns

  1. Steve says:

    This is a very pertinent article as obesity is on the increase and the age old,”eat less & exercise more” platitude from those people who simply don’t know any better normally fall on ‘deaf ears’. There are a number of causes of obesity, including slow metabolism, incorrect eating habits, thyroid problems, nutritional deficiencies, unhealthy food choices, and many more.
    It has been scientifically proven that obesity occurs in the presence of too much insulin in the bloodstream.
    While correct and healthy eating habits combined with increased activity and regular exercise will help many people battling to overcome obesity, there are those few people who need to seek medical advice. Everyones health requirements are different and medical advice should also be sought by anyone starting a new fitness / exercise program to ensure that it will not cause more harm than good.
    I meant to post a 2 line ‘thank you’ comment and got a bit carried away.
    Thank you for a great article.

  2. This post is an eye-opener for everyone. I agree with you that “deep fryers are lethal weapons” and all “softdrinks should be outlawed or banned”. If the law is unable to prohibit it from being banned, at least the soda cans should have a warning similar to cigarettes stating, “Smoking Kills”….Softdrink cans should say, “Drink at your own risk, OBESITY KILLS!”

    Obesity can lead to serious illnesses and one of them is diabetes. Surveys have shown that young kids these days tend to drink more softdrinks than water, exposing themselves to the risk of acquiring diabetes at a young age. Obesity and diabetes go together and some of the serious side effects include, blindness, stroke, foot ulcers and a lot more. Parents should be strict with their kids diet to avoid obesity and should be good examples to their children too in terms of the food they prepare at home. Thanks for sharing, I love your article…

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