The most recent statistics provided by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute reveal that nearly 100 million Americans fit within the classifications of being either overweight or obese. According to the Surgeon General’s 1996 report on physical activity and health, 25 percent of Americans are totally sedentary and another 46 percent are not regularly active. These statistics prompted the American Heart Association to upgrade obesity from simply a contributing factor, to a major risk factor for heart attack.
Obesity is a stronger risk factor for diabetes, hypertension and several forms of cancer, than physical inactivity is. In a letter written by former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, Dr. JoAnn Manson of Harvard Medical School and Dr. Theodore VanIttallie of Columbia University, “Obesity causes 318,000 excess deaths per year.” Obese people are 26 times more likely to have diabetes and 3.5 times more likely to die of heart disease. Obesity leads to more preventable deaths than all other causes, not including smoking. These facts alone should terrify you. If you don’t get your weight under control or maintain your current body ratio of fat, chances are, without help, your weight will increase as you age.
At or near thirty-five years of age – or for some earlier – our metabolism begins to slow. This promotes a gradual but steady increase in our body fat. You need to have a successful weight management program that can decrease the possible outcomes of obesity. If you have been waiting for one miracle product that will cause you to lose as much weight as you want, chances are you are going to be waiting forever. If you or someone you know is overweight, it’s because your metabolism is not working efficiently.