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America’s Obesity Problem Affecting The Condition Of Senior Citizens

How big of a problem is obesity in America? Recent calculations show that America leads all other countries with just over 30% of the population categorized as obese and nearly an additional third as being overweight. In comparison to the United Kingdom, who comes in at 23% and Canada, whose obese population makes up just over 14% of the total, it would appear that weight is a significant concern in America. Being overweight increases the chance of suffering from health conditions no matter what your age. But the issue of obesity and the health problems that follow has become a major concern for the assisted living industry and the seniors that are affected by it. A lifetime of poor eating habits and not enough exercise is causing seniors to suffer even more in their old age.

Health Problems Directly Linked To Obesity That Seniors Can Suffer From:
Cardiovascular Disease
Heart Disease
Diabetes
Stroke
Certain Types Of Cancer
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol
Metabolic Syndrome
Sleep Apnea
Asthma
Arthritis
Gallbladder Disease
Liver Disease
Urinary Incontinence
Depression

Since 1970, the percentage of overweight children ages 6 to 19 has tripled and is predicted to rise. Most of these children will continue dealing with obesity well into adulthood. The conditions of obesity cause the body to deteriorate making it extremely difficult for people to enjoy their senior years. Being overweight is the most common nutritional disorder of US children and adolescents and a growing problem in seniors according to medical professionals. There are a number of factors contributing to overweight children, with sedentary activity and poor eating habits taking the lead.

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“Screen time” is the term coined as the amount of time a person spends in front of a computer or television screen, which means they are physically inactive. Children rack up screen time hours at home and at school while more screen-based activities are luring children away from outdoor play and exercise. The video game industry has received its fair share of the blame and subsequently earned itself millions in attempts to redeem itself. The development of games that are conducive to movement such as dancing and jumping has caught on, though it remains to be seen to what degree this will help the obesity problem.

Achieving a healthy weight is possible with a combination of diet and exercise. It’s difficult to find actual research data that reflects how many Americans actually follow a daily exercise regimen. Compared to the rest of the modern world, it is probably significantly lower. Americans typically drive to and from their destinations, take escalators or elevators instead of stairs and work longer hours. With the convenience of fast food, transportation and entertainment it is difficult to find time to exercise. Lifestyle changes that start at an early age can help prevent many diseases that frequently debilitate our aging and senior population.

The number of advertisements relating to obesity have increased on television and other forms of media. Recent product developments geared toward those with weight loss and fitness goals in mind stretch beyond the traditional idea of dieting. One example of obesity focus in the media is the popular NBC’s hit show, The Biggest Loser. The newer trends promote healthier eating, such as replacing traditionally fatty foods like french fries with fresh fruit, yogurt and baking or grilling meat instead of deep frying. Yet many people struggle with knowing the difference between foods that sound healthy and foods that are actually lower in fat and calories. This confusion makes it difficult to know what the recommended 2000 calorie diet should look like. By taking care of your body during your childhood and adulthood you can guarantee yourself the chance to enjoy your senior years with limited health problems. Seniors that have spent a significant part of their lives following an unhealthy lifestyle can still find improvement in their health conditions if they make certain changes. Assisted Living Health professionals go out of their way to create awareness and inform their patients about healthy living and eating habits. Assisted Living Communities have a specific curriculum designed to keep their seniors engaged in physical activities. They also make sure the elderly are getting the proper nutrition they need through their meals.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for independent accommodations such as Assisted Living Facilities Los Angeles, Care Homes, Skilled Nursing Facilities, as well as a variety of Home Healthcare services nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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  1. May 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    They did this by reviewing 36 earlier studies involving physically and sexually abused children as well as bullied kids………………Eighty-one percent of the studies found that childhood violence was associated with obesity. For example two studies found that children who were physically or sexually abused had a higher body mass index later as adults. Those who were the victims of violence from caregivers were 26-185 more likely to be obese………………A number of studies found that bullying from other children was also linked to severe weight issues………………Kids who are the victim of violence may feel angry stressed or depressed and they may over-eat to deal with their emotions.

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