How Dangerous Is Obesity?

Is obesity really that dangerous? Yes! More and more research proves that obesity may be the health crisis of our generation. What you don’t know about obesity may harm your health in very serious ways.

A recent study published by the Associated Press found that currently, approximately 33% of Americans are obese, and that if the trend continues, the rate will be closer to 50obesity% by the year 2030.

  • Obesity is a serious disease that impacts nearly every system in the body and causes type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Medical professionals differentiate between obesity and being overweight by using a person’s body mass index, which is calculated using a person’s height and weight. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds that an adult with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is overweight, while a BMI of 30 or higher is obese.
  • If you’re already exercising at FitClub, you’re on the right track for preventing obesity, but the calories you consume can put you at risk even if you’re working out regularly. Spending countless hours researching the latest trends and research in nutrition can be overwhelming and discouraging. Instead of guessing at the nutrition formula you need to ward off obesity and weight gain, take advantage of FitClub.

FitClub’s commitment to healthy living includes encouraging its members to maintain proper nutrition. If you’re concerned about weight gain or obesity, taking advantage of FitClub’s dotFIT HYPERLINK “http://fitclub.net/index.php/fitclub-programs-2/nutrition-and-weight-loss” HYPERLINK “http://fitclub.net/index.php/fitclub-programs-2/nutrition-and-weight-loss”Me program is a good place to start taking action. FitClub’s certified trainers partner with FitClub members to start members in the dotFIT Me program that provides individualized step-by-step guidance to members looking to get a handle on both nutrition and exercise.

  • If you or someone you know may be at risk of developing obesity, it’s important to see a medical professional for health tests. A medical exam will likely include blood tests to determine whether the patient is already at risk for type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, as well as a blood pressure test to determine the health of your cardiovascular system. A medical professional can also help explain the healthiest ways to achieve weight loss and recover from or prevent obesity.
  • Unfortunately, children are not immune to the obesity epidemic. The American Heart Association suggests that parents and adults encourage children to eat a nutrient-rich diet of fresh fruit and vegetables and that families make time to prepare healthy dinners together that everyone can enjoy. Early education is key and the more kids learn about what makes their bodies healthy and strong, the more likely they are to make informed decisions when they choose a snack at school or while out with friends.

The statistics are as scary as the health conditions, but obesity is preventable with the right information and tools. FitClub is not just a place to work out, but is a full community of professionals equipped to get you and your family started on a healthier path!   If you or someone you know is concerned about the risk of obesity, stop by the front desk at your favorite FitClub location and get started living a healthier lifestyle today.

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