Wellness Weekly

Diabesity

Posted: November 10, 2012
By: Dr Amanda Kelley

I read an article in one of my health magazines (Experience Life) and was introduced to the word 'diabesity'. It refers to the epidemic I've been starting to address more seriously in my office. One in two Americans has it. It causes high insulin levels which drive inflammation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor sex drive, infertility, and increased risk of cancer, Alzheimer's and depression.  It is a continuum of metabolic imbalance and disease ranging from mild blood-sugar imbalance to full-blown diabetes. There are names for these conditions such as 'insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Syndrome X, and Type 2 Diabetes'.  They all have one thing in common: they are not genetic. They are environmental and lifestyle induced.  

Please join us NOVEMBER 26th at 6:00pm at our office to learn more about this epidemic and HOW WE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE!! 

Call 303-484-8136 to reserve your seat, seating is limited. 


Weight Loss

Posted: September 28, 2012
By: Dr Amanda Kelley

With fall in the air, and the Holiday's right around the corner - it's time to start thinking about your New Year's Resolution already! Weight loss tops the list for personal goals, and it is my hope to have people take on a Lifestyle Revolution, not merely a New Year's Resolution!

Let's look at a few statistics on weight loss:

On the surface, weight loss sounds like a simple concept: eat fewer calories than you burn, and you'll lose weight.  Although that may simply be accurate - we also need to take into account what kind of calories you're eating - and how you're nourishing your body for optimal health.

Our world's growing obesity problem has completely changed the way we view weight loss, leading to some truly desperate measures and interesting statistics.

Here are a few of the most interesting facts about weight loss:

1. The whole world needs to lose weight.

According to the World Health Organization, 1 billion of the world's inhabitants are overweight. (That's almost equal to the number of people who are malnourished in the world.)

Globally, over 22 million children under the age of 5 are considered overweight. This epidemic is largely due to increased consumption of processed foods high in calories and saturated fat, and a decrease in physical activity.

2. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly two-thirds of all American adults are overweight. The National Center for Health Statistics recently found that 34% of Americans are clinically obese.

3. 50% of American women and 25% of American men are currently on a diet.

With numbers like the ones above, it's no wonder most Americans feel the need to count calories.

However, society's obsession with thinness comes at a price: Chronic dieting and emerging eating disorders are becoming more common among elementary school children.

4. America's top three killers are linked to obesity.

National Geographic published some eye-opening facts about mortality in the USA.

They found that the top three most statistically likely causes of death were heart disease (with a 1 in 5 chance), cancer (with a 1 in 7 chance), and stroke (with a 1 in 24 chance). All of these have been linked to excess weight.

5. Surprisingly, America isn't the world's fattest nation.

The World Health Organization gives that dubious honor to Samoa, where more than 93% of the population is overweight or obese. The Pacific isle of Kiribati comes next, with an 82% obesity rate.

America rounds out the top three, but is closely followed by Germany (66.5%), Egypt (66%), and Bosnia-Herzegovina (63%).

6. The weight loss industry is fat and happy.

The obesity epidemic might mean misery for some, but it's certainly padded the pockets of the weight loss industry.

In 2007 alone, the American Diatetic Association found that Americans spent $58 billion on weight loss products. Considering that obesity has gone global, you can imagine how lucrative the weight loss industry must be.

7. Over half of the diet industry's claims are false.

As with any booming industry, there are plenty of unscrupulous sellers trying to prey on people's weight loss dreams. The Federal Trade Commission published a study in 2002 which found that 55% of all weight loss claims "strained credibility".

The American Diatetic Association concurs, pointing out the fact that most weight loss products focus on atypical success stories instead of real chances of success.

8. Bariatric surgery doesn't always work.

Discouraged by multiple failed attempts at weight loss, more people than ever are turning to bariatric surgery. However, there is no evidence that gastric bypass or banding result in permanent weight loss.

The University of Virginia conducted a study that revealed gradual weight regain after 6 years post-surgery.

9. Fad diets don't always work either.

The National Institute of Health has estimated that dieters can expect to regain two-thirds of their lost weight within a year of completing their diet plan. These dieters can expect to regain all of their weight, and possibly more, within 5 years.

10. Fortunately, there is a perfect recipe for lasting weight loss.

Educating yourself on 3 basic principles: Eating Well, Moving Well and Thinking Well, and implementing the lifestyle that accompanies such principles will help ensure you live an optimally healthy life, for a lifetime.

Contact our office today if you're interested in learning more about weight loss and optimal lifestyles!

303-484-8136


 

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Back Pack Safety

Posted: August 28, 2012
By: Dr Amanda Kelley

It's back to school time - and once again I see kids carrying backpacks that look like they are heavy enough to be carrying a horse.  Did you know? Studies have shown that the MAXIMUM amount of weight a child should carry in their backpack is 15% of their body weight.  That means if your little 80lb kiddo is lugging anything more than 12lbs, they are causing unnecessary stress to their delicate spine and nervous system. Back pain is becoming more prominent in younger children, which also directly affects their mental health and immune health.  Ideal  back packs should have 'S' curves on the straps, and both straps should be worn, not slung over one shoulder.  If you haven't checked out your child's back pack, take a few minutes to do a safety check, before potential problems arise. And if you haven't had their spine checked, make an appointment with your chiropractor to make sure they are carrying their back pack on an optimally functioning spine! Have a healthy day!