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Newly Discovered Risks of Being Overweight

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For many years, excess weight has been a well known precursor to health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.  However, studies conducted in recent years have unveiled new findings on the risks of being overweight. Fortunately, findings also show that losing weight may reverse or reduce some of these risks.

 

  • Skin cancer:  Earlier studies showed that obesity increased both the risk and growth rate of melanoma. However, a recent study found that weight loss was correlated with a 61% reduced risk for acquiring malignant melanoma and a 42% reduced risk for acquiring other types of skin cancer. Therefore drawing the conclusion that losing weight can significantly decrease the risk of acquiring this deadly and increasingly prevalent form of cancer.

 

  • Metabolic syndrome:  A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology following 6809 people showed that even currently healthy, obese people were at high risk of developing serious health problems over time. Nearly 50% of the participants developed metabolic syndrome over the course of the twelve year study. This is important to be aware of because metabolic syndrome increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

 

  • Cancer:  The American Institute for Cancer Research found that 48% of Americans are unaware of the link between being overweight and the increased risk of developing cancer. Two recently published studies quantified the correlation between excess weight and cancer. The first concluded that 40% of cancer in the U.S. was related to being overweight or obese.  The second found a link between at least thirteen different types of cancer and excess body fat

 

  • Decreased life span: Previous studies only linked obesity to premature death, however a new study found that being even modestly overweight can be linked to mortality. New research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found overweight people to be six percent more likely to die prematurely. While this percentage is modest, it represents a troubling number of people when taking into account the large percentage of overweight Americans.

 

  • Cognitive impairment:  Obesity has been associated with decreased cognitive ability in adults for years, including reduced recall, learning, and impulse management. New information now shows a similar finding in children. A new study canstockphoto495033conducted at Brown University found that children who were overweight or obese during their first two years of life had lower IQ and perceptual reasoning scores at school age.

 

  • Heart Rhythm Issues: Atrial Fibrillation is a common heart rhythm disorder that may result in stroke or heart failure. Recently, the retention of excess weight was found to cause progression of the disease. Conversely, obese people who lost 10% of their weight, while managing other lifestyle risks experienced a notable reduction in or complete cessation of symptoms.

 

The risks posed by being overweight are many, however it may be possible to reverse or alleviate these risks all together by taking control of one’s weight. Medifast Weight Control Centers’ compassionate and expert team can help provide the tools and support needed to reach your weight loss goals.  

Call (602) 996-9669 today for your complimentary consultation and let us help you avoid unnecessary risks and reap the benefits of achieving your ideal weight.

Six Mistakes that Sabotage Your Weight Loss Goals

There is nothing more frustrating than believing you’re moving closer to your weight loss goal, only to step on the scale and see that you haven’t lost an ounce or worse yet that you’ve gained more weight!  You’re not alone. The great majority of people in the United States aren’t well informed of the pitfalls that prevent successful and sustainable weight loss.  Avoiding the following common weight loss blunders can put you on track toward achieving your ideal weight. 

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  1. Eating the incorrect number of calories: Losing weight requires burning more calories than you consume, however eating too few calories can result in loss of muscle and a significant slowdown in metabolism.  A study done in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people were taking in substantially more calories than they reported, which resulted directly in weight gain.  When trying to lose weight, it’s important to accurately measure portions and include every food and beverage that passes your lips.

 

  1. Believing in a magic weight loss pill:   Let’s face the facts, if there were a magic pill, we wouldn’t have adult obesity rates of between 25% and 35% in 46 U.S. states. The only effective way to sustain long term weight loss is to make a lifestyle change, which includes decreasing caloric intake and increasing physical activity. 

 

  1. Not drinking enough water:  Getting in the habit of drinking water is one of the easiest ways to lose weight.  Not only does water help to burn more calories, but it also decreases appetite.  Try drinking a full glass of water before each meal or snack. 

 

  1. Getting less than seven hours of sleep per night: Getting too little sleep has been shown to slow down metabolism and affect the production of hunger controlling hormones. Therefore, less sleep increases  hunger resulting in consuming more calories that are burned at a slower rate.  

 

  1. Completely cutting out carbs:  Cutting out carbs may initially reduce calorie intake, but it can also leave you feeling deprived of energy, leading to missed workouts and grabbing sugary snacks for a quick energy boost. In moderation, carbs help to keep your energy level stable and your appetite satiated so that you stay away from the wrong foods.

  1. Letting marketing labels lead your grocery shopping decisions:  You may presume that items labeled low-fat, sugar free, or non-fat are automatically going to boost your weight loss. Don’t be fooled by these marketing driven labels. Many of them are unregulated and can be misleading.  Read nutritional labels to be sure you know what you’re eating.

Avoiding these simple mistakes can seriously boost your weight loss efforts, but there are many more tricks of the trade that the experts at Medifast Weight Control Centers can share with you.

Call today for your complimentary consultation to find out how Medifast’s compassionate professionals can help you achieve your weight loss goal.

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New Study Quantifies the Monetary Costs of Being Overweight

If improved health, increased energy, and fitting into your ideal clothing size weren’t enough motivation to lose weight, how about increasing the size of your bank account? Over 70 percent of adults in the United States meet the criteria for being either overweight or obese, which results in medical costs of up to $210 billion per year.  This proves that being overweight is not only a detriment to one’s physical and mental well being, but also to their wallet.

A study just released on September 26th, 2017 in the journal Obesity, shows that losing weight at any age can result in significant cost savings.  The study, conducted by five researchers from the Global Obesity Prevention Center at John Hopkins University, developed a computational model that simulates the economic effects on a person at various ages and weights.

The higher a person’s BMI, the more likely they are to have medical complications and therefore higher associated costs.  Therefore, it would stand to reason that the study showed greater money savings when a person’s weight dropped from the obese to normal weight category than from the obese to overweight category. 

The two major contributing factors to financial loss are medical costs and productivity loss.  Medical costs include hospitalizations, medications, surgical procedures, etc.  Productivity costs are comprised of salary loss from medical disability, missed days of work for doctor appointments or hospital stays, and loss of income due to an untimely death. 

The study identified a lifetime savings of over $36,000 for 50 year olds who went from obese to normal weight. By comparison, there was a savings of $20,000 for 20 year olds and $16,880 for 80 year olds who had proportionately similar changes to their weight. The study found that even if a person didn’t reach a normal weight for their height and age, simply losing enough to move from the obese category to the overweight category would save them as much as $18,600.

In almost every calculation of the study, productivity loss accounted for at least 50% of the cost of being overweight.  In some cases, productivity loss accounted for as much as two-thirds of the overall cost. Keep in mind that the study used median salary ranges from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, therefore a person with higher than average earnings would have proportionately higher savings over the dollar figures reported in the study.

There has been a long standing focus on the less quantitative, intangible costs of being overweight, such as lower self confidence, depletion of energy, and being unable to wear certain clothing.  Now, however we have quantifiable evidence of the monetary costs of being overweight.

Whether you’re motivated by the less tangible benefits of losing weight or the tangible benefit of saving money by avoiding the associated medical and productivity costs, the caring experts at Medifast Weight Control Centers want to help you succeed. 

Get started today by calling for your complimentary consultation today!

You Can Stop Your Child from being a Statistic of the Growing Obesity Epidemic

Childhood obesity is growing at epidemic proportions, having more than tripled since 1980! The Mayo Clinic refers to childhood obesity as “a serious medical condition” and a precursor to what were once considered adult health problems.

Conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are some of the most prevalent weight induced canstockphoto6988825physical health problems in obese children. However, the problems extend beyond the physical. The psychological impact of excessive weight gain in children can be a devastating downward spiral of low self-esteem and depression, potentially causing social isolation.

Yes, this may all sound a little daunting, but by taking action early in your child’s life, you can help them maintain a healthy weight during their youth and into adulthood. Here’s how:

  1. Promote healthy eating habits at home. Fill your home with plenty of nutritious, whole foods such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Have precut fruit and vegetables ready to eat at all times so that quick and easy snacks are readily available.
  2. Limit sugary beverages. One of the quickest ways to pack on the pounds is by accompanying meals and snacks with high calorie sodas and juices. These beverages are packed with calories and in most cases, have little to no nutritional value.
  3. Encourage your kids to drink lots of water. Substituting water for high calorie beverages not only reduces your child’s daily calorie intake, but it has other benefits as well. Drinking a glass of water before and during a meal can help to fill up a young tummy more quickly, therefore reducing the number of calories eaten.
  4. Control your child’s portions. When serving meals, don’t keep the excess food on the table. Simply fill your child’s plate with a reasonable portion and create the expectation that we only eat one serving. When eating snacks, don’t allow your child to access an entire bag of chips or cookies. Always exercise single serving portion control.
  5. Limit screen time. Set restrictions on the number of hours you allow your child to watch TV or play video games each day. Sitting idle not only inhibits calorie burning, but also encourages mindless eating.
  6. Encourage physical activity. Sign your child up for a sport or activity that involves getting up and moving their body. Make a regular ritual of active family time doing things like bike riding, taking walks or swimming.
  7. Set a positive example. Your children will be a lot more likely to develop healthy habits if they see you making healthy choices, so lead by example and both you and your children will benefit.

Establishing good habits early in your child’s life will not only give them a healthy start, but will also provide a lifetime of ingrained lifestyle choices. The small changes outlined above can make a big difference!

If you’re concerned about your child’s weight, Medifast Weight Control Centers has a customized adolescent weight loss program that can help. The specialized program takes into account the unique nutritional needs of a growing adolescent, so that your child can safely and effectively achieve and maintain their ideal weight.

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Weight Loss Made Easy or Assisted Bulimia? Overview of AspireAssist

Innately, people are programmed to want quick results with minimal effort. We want to win the lottery, experience love at first sight, and have the body of our dreams overnight! It is exactly this psychological phenomenon that causes people to fall victim to weight loss fads that promise instant results with little to no effort.

Preying upon those desperately hoping to acquire their ideal physique in no time flat, a new device called AspireAssist has been Device-and-buttoncreated and recently FDA approved. The device consists of a tube which is surgically implanted into the patient’s stomach through an incision in the abdomen. The tube connects to a port valve, which lies outside the belly. Three times a day, about 30 minutes after eating, the person attaches external tubing to the valve and spends about 10 minutes emptying the contents of his stomach into the toilet.

Being analogous to the serious and potentially life-threatening eating disorder, bulimia, there are a multitude of other potential side effects. Industry and medical experts have weighed in on their concerns.

  • According to Dr. Sajani Shah, a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon at Tufts Medical Center, “It’s like giving someone bulimia. Basically, you can just vomit out this tube.”
  • “I’m sure it won’t be long until tales of infections, leakage, lack of nutrient absorption, depression and suicide, severe hypoglycemia, extreme thiamine deficiency, anemia, osteoporosis, and all sorts of other complications” surface, as they have with bariatric surgery, says Laura Beck at Jezebelcanstockphoto17291594
  • According to the FDA, side effects may include occasional indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea. The surgical procedure used to place the gastric tube also has risks, including sore throat, pain, abdominal bloating, bleeding, infection, nausea, vomiting and death.
  • Michael Jensen, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, was an investigator for the clinical trial of the device. He reported that most people wouldn’t even entertain doing it for any amount of money because they found it so repulsive. Those that did try it found it a difficult burden to use the device three times a day and many dropped out of the study or hardly used the device.

The bottom line is that to achieve long-term, healthy weight control, there is no quick fix. Lifestyle changes including dietary choices, portion control, exercise, and our overall relationship with food must be made. You don’t have to do this alone though.

The experienced and caring professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers can help support and guide you toward your weight loss goal! Call today and let us help you.

Lesser Known Detriments of Being Overweight

When people think about the risks of being overweight, medical issues such as heart attacks and diabetes frequently come to mind first. What many don’t realize though, is that there are a multitude of other less talked about health risks correlated with excess weight. Probably the least acknowledged issues associated with obesity are the financial and social pitfalls. Let’s Migraine headachestake a look at some of the lesser known, but equally impactful detriments of being overweight.

Health Risks:

Being overweight can be a real headache, both figuratively and literally. In a survey conducted by Johns Hopkins it was found that the higher a person’s body mass index, the greater their chances of having migraines.

The Vice Chairman of Preventive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, stated that obese people are at higher risk for all cancers. He stated, “It could be that excess fat cells increase hormonal activity or they increase growth factors that lead to tumor growth.”

Obesity increases the chances of infertility. Consequently, many infertility clinics refuse to accept women with high body mass indexes, due to their diminished odds of conceiving.

If able to conceive, potential complications such as pre-term birth are a high risk for those who Weight Loss Scottsdaleare overweight. The Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that obesity increases a woman’s chance of having a pre-term baby, especially when her body mass index is 35 or higher. 

Dr. Donald Hensrud, of the Mayo Clinic, said one of the most immediate health dangers for many obese people is sleep apnea. This condition causes a person to gasp or stop breathing momentarily while asleep.

Other ailments correlated with obesity include asthma, neuropathy, arthritis, chronic kidney disease and heart failure.

Social Stigma:       

A Yale study established that weight is the number one reason people are bullied at any age and those who are bullied have lower self-esteem, higher levels of depression and increased risk of suicide. The most prevalent source of bullying often comes from one’s own family.

Surprisingly, the second most common source of shame comes from medical doctors. The Yale study found that 67 percent of overweight men and women report being shamed or bullied in the doctor’s office.

Financial Impact:

Overweight men and women both undergo financial discrimination in the workplace. In particular, women have proven to be more greatly impacted. A University of Florida study, found that women who weighed 25 pounds less than the group average, earned $15,572 a year more than women of normal weight. In opposition to this, women 25 pounds above the average weight earned an average of $13,847 less than an average-weight female.

Excess weight can be the catalyst for many concerns including health, self-esteem, social interactions, and career advancement. Taking control of your weight can be a life changing decision and one that can open the doors to a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life.

Take the first step and call the caring professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers to begin your new and improved life!

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Considering Having Children? Know the Risks of Obesity to You and Your Unborn Child

A major life event or highly personal goal is usually the catalyst needed for most people to make a serious commitment to weight loss. For women, the desire to have a low risk, healthy pregnancy may be the personal motivation needed to take action.

In addition to the potential complications that obesity can bring during and after pregnancy, it’s important to first note the adverse effect it can have on a woman’s ability to conceive. According to the Mayo Clinic, obesity tends to inhibit normal ovulation, therefore making it more difficult to conceive. The in vitro fertilization (IVF) process can also be impaired, as a higher BMI decreases the chance of successful IVF.

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists reports that obesity poses considerable health risks to mother and child both during and after pregnancy.Weight Loss Clinic Phoenix

 

Increased Risks to Baby During Pregnancy:

  • Birth defects: These include heart defects and neural tube defects.
  • Impaired testing: Too much body fat can make it difficult to read ultrasound results, making it harder to detect issues with the baby’s anatomy.
  • Macrosomia: This condition causes the baby to be larger than normal and can increase the risk of injury during birth as well as the odds of a cesarean delivery.
  • Preterm delivery: Complications with mother’s obesity may necessitate early delivery. This increases risks of immediate health problems for the baby as well as developmental problems later in life.
  • Still birth: The higher the mother’s BMI, the higher the incidence of still birth.

 

Increased Risks to Mother During Pregnancy:

  • Gestational Hypertension: High blood pressure during the second half of the pregnancy can lead to serious complications.Weight Loss Scottsdale
  • Preeclampsia: This serious illness for both mother and baby may cause kidney and liver failure, stroke, and in severe cases death.
  • Gestational diabetes: High blood glucose levels during pregnancy increase the odds of having a large baby and therefore a cesarean delivery. The risk of the woman and child having diabetes in the future is also increased.

 

If you are planning to conceive children, the desire for a healthy, lower risk pregnancy can be a strong motivator for losing weight. Achieving a healthy weight can play a significant role in the physical and mental well-being of both you and your unborn child.

Please call to learn how the professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers can support you in reaching your ideal weight so that you can avoid the associated risks of obesity during pregnancy. There are four Medifast centers in the Valley, and all are offering a complimentary consult and Body Composition Analysis. Call (602) 996-9669 today!

What’s Behind Rising Obesity Rates in the U.S?

The increasing rate of obesity in the U.S is gravely concerning. Rates have more than doubled over the past 35 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The CDC released new national data on obesity in November of 2015, reporting that approximately 36% of adults and 17% of children and adolescents are obese The statistics are staggering, but in order to reverse the trend of this growing issue we must first look at the causes.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Modern convenience has had a profound impact on our activity levels. Technological advances now allow adults to meet for business and social gatherings without having to leave their chairs. Children, who once regularly engaged in physical play, are now immersed in a world of virtual play where they spend hours sitting in front of a screen.

Several studies have found that too much TV time is linked to both childhood and adult obesity. One such study, the Nurses’ Health Study, found that for every two hours spent watching television each day, the risk of becoming obese increased by 23 percent.

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Food Marketing

There is evidence that food and beverage marketing may be even more responsible for the TV related link to obesity than the correlated reduction in physical activity. Health Psychology found that children increased food consumption by 45 percent when exposed to food advertising and adults increased their consumption of both healthy and unhealthy snack foods after being exposed to snack food advertising.

Decreased Sleep

Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night has been linked to increased rates of obesity. Less sleep can stimulate hunger, provide more waking hours during which food can be consumed, and reduce energy needed to engage in physical activities.

Over the course of a 16 year study, the Nurses’ Health Study found that women who slept five hours or less per night were 15 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven hours a night.

Dietary Changes

American culture applauds getting more done in less time. Therefore, taking the time to eat healthy foods is not the perpetuated cultural norm. Fast food restaurants are on every street corner offering processed, high fat and generally unhealthy meals. People are generally not offered healthy, whole food options at work and logoschool so as a matter of convenience, they resort to the refined, high sugar foods available to them.

Overcoming the Obesity Challenge

Today, more than ever, there are a variety of cultural and lifestyle factors influencing unhealthy weight gain in Americans. However, this is not to suggest that we simply give in to the societal influences and allow them to influence our health and well-being. Rather, it is an indicator that we may benefit from more guidance, structure and support as we strive to meet our weight loss goals. The professional and knowledgeable team at Medifast Weight Control Centers can help you navigate and conquer the challenges of losing weight in today’s world.

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Research Links Obesity to Decreased Lifespan

There is almost always some driving force that triggers a person to take the plunge and commit to losing weight. They reach a point where the joy of overindulging in their favorite foods no longer trumps the painful losses that being overweight may bring about. Such painful feelings of Weight Loss Scottsdale AZloss can come from simple things, like not fitting into a favorite pair of jeans or an insensitive comment made by a well-meaning friend.

While these hurtful sources of motivation should not be discounted, perhaps the more ominous knowledge that excess weight could rob a person of precious years of their life will more likely motivate certain people to take action.

Research recently conducted at McGill University in Montreal, Canada concluded that obesity can reduce a person’s life expectancy by up to eight years. This study published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that not only can being overweight decrease the overall lifespan, but it can also reduce the number of healthy years a person lives by as many as nineteen years. Proportionately, it was found that overweight and obese people lost two to four more years of healthy living compared to those who had a healthy weight, which is defined as 18.5-25 body mass index (BMI).

This same study identified a correlation between the age at which a person became overweight and the impact on overall health and lifespan. “The pattern is clear,” said Dr. Steven Grover, lead author and Professor of Medicine at McGill University, in the published study. “The more an Scale-image-with-yes-300x270individual weighs and the younger their age, the greater the effect on their health, as they have many years ahead of them during which the increased health risks associated with obesity can negatively impact their lives.” Dr. Grover also stated that “In terms of life-expectancy, we feel being overweight is as bad as cigarette smoking.”

As you consider your motivations for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, consider the potential impact that not losing weight may have upon both the length and quality of your life. According to research, by taking control of your weight you can live both a longer and healthier life.

Medifast Centers can help you successfully navigate the challenges of losing and maintaining weight. Because Medifast was developed by doctors, their programs are safe and effective for people with a variety of health conditions. Let your caring and supportive Medifast counselors help you take charge of your weight and your life!

An Overview of Nutritional Needs for Adults

Adults today suffer from poor nutrition. Many adults do not realize that inside they are starving to death, even though they are over eating. The biggest reason for this is because of the food products that are consumed. Far too many people today consume products which are heavy in sugars and salts, and which lack the nutritional vitamins and minerals that the body really needs. The result is that people end up filling their meals with food products and beverages that contain added sugars and salts, and lack the necessary fiber and nutrients.

The body is a protective machine that looks out for its best interest. If you eat a pizza, one that does not contain the vitamins and minerals your body requires, you may Weight loss clinics Phoenix AZvery well find that you still feel hungry even though your stomach is full. The reason for this is because your body is still starving for the nutrients that it requires. It desperately longs for the vitamins, minerals, fiber, proteins, and other items that adults today no longer get from their fast food worlds.

What is more, people today consume twice as much sugar on average compared to 1977. Though the American Heart Association recommends that adults consume no more than 6-9 tablespoons of sugar daily, many adults get more than this at breakfast alone. They consume “fat-free” or whole grain cereals, which may seem ideal, but have added sugars. Rather than fresh fruit, they consume fruit juice in hopes of obtaining the vitamins that the body needs. Many fruit juices advertise that they have your daily recommended value of vitamin C or A, which encourages people to buy them, in spite of not realizing that they often contain more than your daily recommended value of sugar too.

This cycle causes adults to consume sugar at all three meals even in such “healthy” food staples as a bowl of cereal and juice for breakfast, chips and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, and spaghetti for dinner.

Not consuming the items that your body needs leaves it starving, causing adults to really crave more food. But adults end up satiating additional cravings with things that do not really give them what they need. Many people, for example, might eat some chocolate when they crave something sweet, but their body is actually craving magnesium which could otherwise be found in things like broccoli. If adults learn to recognize their cravings and pay attention to what they are consuming, they can reduce the high sugar intake, which will help them to protect the liver, pancreas, and reduce insulin levels and excess fat. In turn, they can better satiate the body with the snack foods that it needs by learning to recognize what it is the body is actually craving and not just grabbing a candy bar from the vending machine at work.

Adults who pay better attention to what they consume will reduce high blood sugar, high blood pressure, insulin levels, and more, which in turn will reduce insomnia, Medifast Phoenixanxiety, arthritis, obesity, and heart conditions.

Weight loss with Medifast incorporates the healthiest food available to prevent the client from becoming hungry between meals. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have proven the Medifast Weight Control Program works extremely well, while allowing for rapid, safe weight loss.

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