As a Chiropractor at Total Health Chiropractic, I try to be just that… a resource for total health for my patients. I spend a lot of time helping my patients improve joint mobility, flexibility, posture, and overall healthy function. I want to focus today on a growing problem in our country… obesity. Sedentary lifestyles filled with dollar menus have a large percentage of our population on a downward spiral.
Obesity has been a problem in the US for decades and things are only getting worse. Recent numbers show that nearly 38 percent of Americans are obese and 8 percent are extremely obese. The numbers also show that the states that have the highest obesity rates are mostly located in the southeast. The states with the lowest obesity rates are located out west and in the northeast. The state with the lowest obesity rate, Colorado, still has 1 in 5 adults falling into the obese range. The data also shows that the rates of type 2 diabetes and hypertension are directly related to obesity. The states with highest obesity rates have the most type 2 diabetes and hypertension. The current data further shows that the regions of our country that are experiencing the greatest rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension, correlate directly to the regions where there are increased levels of inactivity and a lack of food security.
All of the numbers and data are not telling us anything that we didn’t already know. A lifestyle filled with nutrient deficient processed food and inactivity will lead to obesity. The negative effects of obesity on a person’s system do not end with type 2 diabetes and hypertension. The chemical, physical, and emotional stress attached to such a lifestyle accumulate over time and become overwhelming. The road for an obese person to lose excess weight and improve their health can sometimes look like a dark tunnel. There can be a light at the end of that tunnel, however, to help guide the way.
That guiding light for an increasing number of people comes in the form of a medical weight loss program. While my philosophy has always been natural first, medication second, surgery as a last resort, you have to weigh the options. Yes, I would rather a person lose weight naturally. But if that is not happening, I would rather see a person introduce the medication to their system, temporarily, then continue with obesity. A properly prescribed weight loss program, done under expert supervision, can give a person the jump start they need to get over some hurdles and improve their life.
Whether you are able to achieve your health and wellness goals naturally or if the assistance of a medical weight loss program is necessary, just know that your Chiropractor has your back.