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Healthy Weight

Hello Everyone, I’m Dr. Lee Ann Kalaba, DC, at LAWC, and today we are continuing our series, “Do Your Part.” Let’s talk about body weight and the reality of obesity in the United States. In the US, over 40% of our adults are obese, that’s more than 93 million people. The estimated annual health care costs for obesity-related diseases are over $190 billion or over 20% of annual medical spending in the United States.

Let’s face it, one of the most common responses people have when asked about their health is that they want to lose weight, and for good reason. Obesity is a factor in many chronic illnesses. Not only do people feel lousy when they are obese, but their health suffers in many other ways, from low energy, inability to exercise, and simply enjoy life, all the way to chronic disease.

In 2014 more than 630,000 Americans were diagnosed with obesity-related cancers. Things like heart disease and type 2 diabetes are well-known issues associated with obesity, but many aren’t aware that your brain may also be affected, such as neurodegeneration, including dementia. The increased weight on your joints may also have a detrimental effect on your knees, hips, and hands, leading to osteoarthritis. Arthritis and joint pain are very common in individuals who are overweight or obese. And, one thing we know about the current virus crisis, is that obesity is a factor in the severity of the symptoms.

woman checking weight on scaleAccording to Dr. Joseph Mercola, certain trends in food and eating have contributed to this weight epidemic. These include:

  • Highly Processed and Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods
  • Aggressive Marketing of Harmful Junk Food
  • Food Policy related to farmers growing more Genetically Engineered foods, and the
  • Low-Fat Craze

The WHO currently uses body mass index (BMI) to classify people’s weights. It compares weight to height and puts you in a category of underweight, normal, overweight, or obese. It has its faults, however, as it doesn’t take body composition into consideration-such as muscle or bone mass. You can look up BMI online and find the standard charts pretty easily, to see which category you fall into.

Dr. Mercola suggests a more accurate, or at least alternative way to classify your weight is to use your waist circumference. You simply measure your waistline (the distance around the smallest area below the rib cage, above your belly button) in relation to your height. You can look up these charts online, as well, to see what category you fall into. To give you an approximate idea, a 5’6″ female should have a waist of about 26″ with more than 35″ considered obese. A 5’10” male should have a waist circumference of27.5″, with more than 38.6″ being obese.

In the end, if you are one of those people who are unhappy with how you feel in your body, with the amount of weight you are carrying, and with the things you can’t do because of it, now is the time to do your part. Start making some changes, and on the surface, we all know what those are. But knowing isn’t enough, you have to choose to do things differently. Exercise more, eat healthier, reduce your stress. All of those things contribute to excess weight. And, if this is something you need support on, we offer a Metabolic Healing program in our office that utilizes intermittent fasting, real food choices, and your specific DNA to create a life-long program to help you lose weight and keep it off.

You can call us to schedule a virtual consultation to see this journey is something we can help you with. As for myself, I have lost 120lbs in the last 3 years, and it is my passion to help others on this path, to help others do their part in creating their best health possible through weight loss.

Quite simply, I want to help you do the things you love, the things that make your life worth living. With that, I will wrap up this video. I’m Dr. Lee Ann Kalaba, DC, coming to you from Life Aligned Wellness Center.


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