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Control Your BMI and Control Your Health Care Costs

Guest blogger, Carol Dunlop is certified through FiTour as a Personal Trainer and through the American Red Cross as a CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor. She has competed and placed in several Fitness America and National Bodybuilding competitions. To receive your free E-course “How to Burn Calories While you Sleep,” visit her website: OptimumBodySculpting.com.

Starting in 2014, the federal government is requiring doctors to record your BMI (Body Mass Index), a measurement of your body fat and muscle mass based on your height and weight, in their electronic records. It doesn’t have to be a scary thing. If you start to address it right now, this extra piece of information can be used for your good health.

These three little letters have caused so much talk and controversy in recent days. Everyone is wondering how it will be used in the future against you, i.e., higher insurance rates, possible “obesity tax,” etc.

But, there’s no need to panic. You can take control of your situation by putting together a plan of action that includes sensible eating, regular exercise and lifestyle changes.

Check out these simple steps to put in place  now to avoid the “I’ve got to do something!” syndrome later.

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Americans Lie About Their Weight

The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. This may be happening for Americans and their perception of their own weight.

According to a new government survey released this week, after polling 400,000 people by phone, they found that 27 percent of Americans are obese. The problem is, a more accurate and scientific study on the number has it closer to 34 percent.

What this means is that not enough people are being honest about their weight. The good news is that the gap between fact and fiction is closing. (more…)

Early Obesity Leads to Premature Death

You never want to think that it’s too late to lose weight. But this news out of Stockholm, Sweden puts the urgency of childhood obesity into perspective…

According to a Danish study presented at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, men who are obese by 20 years old will on average die eight years earlier than their healthier peers.

The study examined more than 5,000 military enlistees, starting at age 20 through 80 years old. Of those, about 2,000 were obese from the beginning.

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Weight Loss May Be Treatment for Hot Flashes

There’s a new reason why women with menopause should consider losing weight: it may help reduce hot flashes. It has been observed that a higher BMI is associated with more severe hot flash symptoms, but new research, reported on WebMD, suggests that weight loss can actually ameliorate the condition.

Alison J. Huang, MD lead the study at the University of California at San Francisco, which set out to study urinary incontinence. Of the 338 obese and overweight women participating, 154 reported that they suffered from hot flashes. The subjects took part in either an intensive behavioral weight loss program or a health education program.

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Just Baby Fat or Looming Obesity?

Pinching a baby’s cheeks. Enjoying chubby thighs. Tickling under multiple chins and blowing raspberries on a pudgy tummy. Taking delight in your baby’s pudge is harmless, right? Well, maybe not.

Is that just baby fat, or a sign of oncoming obesity issues? How can you tell? The answer may be clear to doctors, but parents have a much harder time making the determination.

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Apple’s iPad bodyCal2 Provides a BMR and BMI Calculator

bodyCal2 1.0 is a new application that is being released for the Apple iPad, which for any of you that jumped on board to pre-order should have any day now. bodyCal2 is a fitness calculator and health tracker for the iPad that allows you to calculate your body mass index (BMI) and basal metabolic rate (BMR) while tracking changes to these over time. Both BMI and BMR are important as they help provide a base for where your health currently stands.

What are BMI and BMR?

1) BMI is a common measurement that helps provide an analysis of your health. Depending on where you fall within the BMI range for your size/height you may experience an increased risk of developing certain conditions or diseases. For example, diabetes, cancer and heart disease can have increased chances if your body mass index is too high. (more…)

Therapy Shown to Help Teen Girls Reduce BMI

teensResearch published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders has shown that therapy may be more beneficial in preventing young girls from becoming overweight than traditional health education classes for teenagers. The study followed 38 girls who had an above average weight, some of whom also reported episodes of loss of control eating or binge eating.

Both above average weight and episodes of loss of control eating are considered characteristics that make someone high-risk for developing obesity. The girls were randomly distributed into two groups, either attending Interpersonal Psychotherapy sessions or standard health education classes. All of the research participants completed the courses to which they had been assigned and received follow-up visits for a year. The girls who participated in Interpersonal Psychotherapy were more likely to stabilize or even decrease their BMI than the girls who participated in the health education courses that are traditionally offered to teenagers. (more…)

Tracking Progress Essential for Weight Loss and Depression

food journalRecent research suggests that those dealing with depression also have difficulty distinguishing fine detail visually, although they are able to make interpretations on a larger scale. This may be linked to a shortage of the neurotransmitter GABA, which has been linked to one’s ability to suppress part of a visual field and focus on a single part. It is unclear if this correlation is another symptom of depression or a genetic trait that contributes to depression.

It is common for depression to accompany the need to lose weight. Thus you may be less likely to notice the improvements that you are making day by day on your journey to weight loss and/or health. If you are working towards a goal and not noticing progress, it can get pretty frustrating, which can make depression worse.

Another danger is that depression often includes apathy and low energy, all factors that could lead someone to give up, so it is important to find a way to notice the results of your hard work. (more…)

Why is Fat the New Norm?

overweight menA report released jointly by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that the percentage of obese or overweight children is at or above 30 percent in 30 states, and adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year. The study, titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009, reports that in 1980, only fifteen percent of Americans were classified as obese, but that percentage has more than doubled, with more than two-thirds of Americans officially classified as overweight or obese. Let’s look at these numbers for a minute. What does it mean to be “overweight or obese”? (more…)

Overweight People May Live Longest

Once in a while there emerges health news that makes everyone scratch their heads. Here comes one of those moments…couple silhouette

If you are overweight – but only a little bit – congratulations, you are probably going to live the longest of any of us. That’s right, according to a new study people who were overweight, but not obese, were in prime position to outlive everyone else.

In the study, published in the journal Obesity, experts followed people 25 and older for 12 years. What they found was that people in the body mass index range of 25-29.9 were 17 percent less likely to die than those who were normal weight (a BMI of 18.5-24.9). Those who were underweight, a BMI less than 18.5, were 73 percent more likely to die than those who were normal weight. (more…)