10 Weight Loss Statistics

On the surface, weight loss sounds like a simple concept: eat fewer calories than you burn, and you’ll lose weight.

But our world’s growing obesity problem has completely changed the way we view weight loss, leading to some truly desperate measures and shocking statistics.

Here are ten of the most startling 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. Diets don’t 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.

The National Weight Control Registry tracks 3,000 people who have lost more than 30 pounds and kept it off for more than a year.

They have found that most of the successful dieters have four behaviors in common: they keep a food journal and monitor their weight; they never skip breakfast; they get an hour of exercise almost every day; and they eat diets consisting of 24% fat, 56% carbs, and 19% lean protein.

You can follow that perfect weight loss recipe for yourself and enjoy better health for years to come.

Easy Healthy Weight Loss

Achieving easy healthy weight loss is well within your reach if you know how to approach it. You’ve most likely been around the big wide web and found many products that claimed to offer this. However be careful as most of them are just simply after your wallet. You want weight loss that’s easy and stress free so let’s get started.

The most common mistake people make is the way they approach the two most important concepts. That is dieting and exercise. Quite simply, if you hate doing it you’re not going to stick to it. The trick is to create a diet system mixed with exercise that you enjoy doing. If you can do this you’re well on the road to easy healthy weight loss. It’s easy, it’s healthy, and most of all, it works!

Right so what’s the first step? It’s called dieting. Now don’t be put off and hit the back button. One of the most important concepts of easy healthy weight loss is that low fat diets, low carb diets and starvation diets simple don’t work. They make your life miserable, are bad for your body and will result in failure. What you must do instead is create healthy meals that taste good! If you can do this you’re on the road to success.

The last thing you want to do when you get home from work is have to worry about cooking up a meal that tastes like dirt. For easy healthy rapid weight loss to work you need to use recipes that are healthy but also taste amazing. They can be tricky to find but certainly are out there. If you can embed these healthy meals that taste great in to your daily schedule then you’re well on the path to easy healthy weight loss. Just by living your life you will lose weight.

The next concept is of course exercise. You achieve weight loss by creating a calorie deficit in your body. That means you burn more than you consume. The dieting as discussed above should keep your calorie intake under control. However the next important part of easy healthy weight loss is adding in exercise. Quite simply, the more you exercise the more you can eat. If you can bump up the amount of calories you burn everyday you can afford to eat more of those healthy meals.

You should aim for at least 20 minutes a day of cardio for easy healthy weight loss. Give yourself a rest maybe twice a week. Jogging is the most effective and should be done every second day. Alternate it with other forms of cardio such as riding, rowing or swimming. As stated earlier the more you do the higher your chances of achieving weight loss quickly..

So all in all it all looks quite simple on paper. However if you can’t do it without enjoying it you will most likely fail. As humans we can’t maintain things we hate doing. You need to embed a healthy dieting system that you enjoy into your life mixed with some daily cardio. This way you lose weight without even trying. Just by living your life you will lose weight.

7 Proven Weight Loss Tips For Teenagers

I’m not going to try to sell you something. All I’m going to do is give you the facts about how to lose weight through safe and successful tips. The rest is up to you.

The First and Most Important Rule of Teenage  Weight   Loss 

1. Eat Healthily! Starvation is not the Solution

Every so often we hear about a teenage girl starving herself to reduce weight quickly in order to attend a special function, a dance or a prom. The person that I have in mind was about eighteen years old, let say her name was Brandi. Brandi wanted to loss approximately 22 pounds in 5 weeks to attend a wedding as a bridesmaid. She wanted to be noticed by by her friends, and in particular one boy.

During that time frame the most weight Brandi could have expect to lose and still maintain her health was about 10 to 12 pounds. In her effort and without getting her doctor’s advice decides to starve herself. So she went off and starved herself for until her desired weight was accomplished.

What happened? Later, I learned she lost about 8 pounds within 2 weeks. During that time she developed spots all over her face and body. Yes, you guessed right, Brandi was not able to attend the wedding as a bridesmaid. Brandi spent several weeks under the care of her doctor undoing the damage she had done to her body by starving herself. Teenagers, let this incident be a warning to you! “When we stop eating, we stop giving our bodies the nutrition it requires to stay healthy and it begins t malfunction.”

2. Healthy Eating is Better Than “Dieting”

The primary reason why adults experience  weight  problems and eventually become ill is due to them undertaking drastic measures or unhealthy  weight   loss  diets during their teenage years. Teen Diets should not be considered until their physical growth has been completed This completion in teenagers usually occurs around 18 years of age.

Until that time teenage  weight   loss  should not be considered without consulting your doctor. He will recommend dietitian who would be able to recommend a safe and healthy diet. A diet which would permit healthy growth and  weight   loss  control.

3. Dieting Can Causes Health Problems in Teens?

Yes, dieting can cause health problems in teens. During your teen years, between the ages of 12-17 years, approximately 90% of your body frame structure and bone mass of an adult is laid down as a foundation. This not the time to be depriving your body of the essential vitamins which it requires like calcium, vitamins C&D.

During these years, even a short period of “strict dieting” could lead to a low bone density level. Low bone density weakens your bones in your later years; they become fragile and are susceptible to fractures and breakage.

Teen Dieting can also lead to low levels of frolic acid and iron, both of which may prevent you from becoming anemic. An anemic individual tends to be constantly tire. Their intellectual performance becomes impaired.

There are other health problems which are associated with teens undertakings “strict diets”, but there are too many to mention here.

4. What Does Healthy Eating Really Mean?

Teens, as long as you eat a variety of foods, from the 5 major food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains [rice, pasta, oats etc] lean meats, dairy, low fats) in the right portions you should get all the nutrition you need.

5. Are Certain Foods are Off-Limits?

No. healthy eating doesn’t mean depriving yourself of higher-calorie foods, like ice cream, pizza, cheeseburgers etc. You can enjoy all these foods and others in moderation.

6. Snack on Fruits to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Take snacks of freshly slice fruit to school with you. You can also include some Walnuts or Brazilian nuts to munch on

7. General Rule of Eating Well

Make sure that half the plate contains vegetables and the remaining half divided equally between protein (meat, eggs, beans) and carbohydrates (rice, pasta, potatoes). When eating pizza, go easy on the cheese and pepperoni an heavy on vegetables and fruit.

Some time teens trying to lose  weight  encounter severe hunger pangs; in these situation they may consider a supplement to their  weight   loss  program by using a natural appetite suppressant pill like Hoodia Gordonii Plus which is virtually 100% pure

Healthcare Policy Stakeholders

By Johnny Blogger – as consultant with the Chicago Lakeview Psychotherapy group, 2nd Story Counseling.  

The topic of healthcare policy for mental health, psychotherapy, disease prevention, general medicine, including access to and administration of, is an extremely complex and at times politically contentious issue in the United States of America. This is in large part due to the many stakeholders who are part of the healthcare continuum. This brief paper will explore the various roles of these stakeholders and relate them to the entire field of public health policy. A reflective conclusion will be offered as a summary.

Stakeholders Identified

In the larger view, every single person in the United States of America can be viewed upon as a stakeholder in healthcare policy making. In a macro-view, there exists several subtypes that are important to discuss in order to more clearly identify the various players. What follows is a basic illustration of these stakeholders as identified by Teitbaum & Wilensky (2007) in their textbook, Essentials of Health Policy and Law.

Patient

The most important stakeholder in the healthcare policy making, in this writer’s opinion, is the patient. There are several factors that are of primary importance to patients regarding healthcare policy. These factors include:

  • Access
  • Affordability
  • Quality

Affordable access to healthcare remains a challenge for many in the U.S. according to a 2008 United States Census report with government programs cover approximately 27% (83 million) of the entire population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008). This same report suggests that that approximately 50 million people in this country have no healthcare insurance at all. Patients (human beings) are big stakeholders in healthcare policy decisions.

Healthcare providers

Healthcare providers, which includes medical doctors. dentists, specialty practioners (i.e. mental psychologists, chiropractors) and other allied health professionals can all be considered major stakeholders in the healthcare policy formulation and decision making process. There currently exists huge, voluntary membership organizations which represent these various stakeholders. For example, the American Medical Association is “the voice” of physician providers in the United States.

Formulation of healthcare policy, which in many cases for providers is focused on payment, is important to this stakeholder group. Medicare, which is a U.S. government operated healthcare program, is often criticized for its low payment per procedure ratio by this group (Macgillis, 2009).

Government & Insurance Providers

The government, both state and federal, can be considered major stakeholders in healthcare policy making. As discussed earlier in this paper, some 83 million Americans receive some type of health coverage from governmental entities. An example of this can be found in Medicare, which is a joint health insurance program that is paid for by the Federal government and state governments. Primarily, Medicare covers people who are 65 years of age or older. According to Medicare.gov, the program currently covers over 40 million Americans (Medicare, 2010).             It makes sense that the government would be a major stakeholder in healthcare policy decision making as the government is one of the larger players.

Insurance providers, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Aetna, Cigna and many others are also “major” stakeholders in healthcare policy and decision making. This writer would also like to point out that insurance providers are also very influencial in the healthcare policy and law decision making process. These corporations have billions of dollars to donate to political campains and efforts that are designed to help shape public health policy debate among the public and lawmakers.

Public

As mentioned at the beginning of this paper, everyone can be considered a stakeholder in healthcare policy decision making. Everyone means the general public. Much of the law regarding public health is conerned with health adminstration, wellness promotion and disease prevention. Collectively, it is the public that most major healthcare initiatives are aimed at. An example of this might be the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging people to recieve their annual influenza immunmization shot. Laws and policies, in general terms. are designed to promote public health and prevent illness.

Reflective Conclusion

There are many stakeholders involved in public health policy formulation and decision making in the United States. These include patients, healthcare providers, the government and insurance providers and of course, the general public. It is noteworthy to point out that money has a major influence on shaping the debate of healthcare policy and law in the United States as witnessed in the recent healthcare reform that became law in 2010. There are of course other stakeholders that are on a smaller scale, such as medical equipment providers, healthcare advertisers and so forth. This paper focused on the major stakeholders in  healthcare policy decision making on the larger view.

References

Macgillis, A. (2009, October 13). Mayo Clinic Faulted for Limiting Medicare Patients.       Retrieved November 27, 2010, from Washington Post:             http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-            dyn/content/article/2009/10/12/AR2009101202803.html

Medicare . (2010). Medicare eligibility. Retrieved November 27, 2010, from           www.medicare.gov: www.medicare.gov

Teitbaum, J., & Wilensky, S. (2007). Essentials of health policy and law. Boston: Jones and           Bartlett.

U.S. Census Bureau. (2008). Retrieved November 27, 2010, from www.uscensus.gov:             http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p60-235.pdf