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U.S. Obesity Level Rising

January 7, 2010
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Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. This is a serious problem that is only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S obesity level in 2010 had risen to 26.1% of our population. Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is calculated from a person’s weight and height and provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness and weight categories that may lead to health problems.

Doctors of chiropractic generally spend more time with patients addressing their overall health and wellness. This is an issue that shouldn’t be overlooked. Are there people in your life that you can help overcome this problem in their lives?

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As suggested by Dr. Miner, here are links to BMI Calculators:

BMI Calculator for Adults

BMI Calculator for Teens and Children

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  5. Pascal Labouret, D.C. on January 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Monitoring overweight patients doesn’t seem to belong to the scope of practice of chiropractors. Nevertheless, chiropractors can help prevent patients to get worse with information by knowing the subject. Giving a scientific diagnosis by BMI looks nice and fancy but doesn’t solve the problem. One of the biggest factor of obesity is the use of monosodium glutamate (among other chemicals) by the food industry for a major reason : MSG increase the desire of eating and thus the consumption of food, the hungriness. So people eat all the time, burning their pancreas, being always hungry. Sugar and dairy products finishes the diving. Then, when an industrial decides to put MSG in his products to increase his sales, his competitors do the same and the MSG poisoning increase among the population, creating more diabetics people (non insulino dependant diabete). So people increase their fatness by stocking insulino resistant adipose tissues and drown themselves in a vicious circle.
    Of course weight increase produces more constraint and pressure on the spine. Therefore the chiropractic lobby should create a political pressure on the alimentary lobby by public information : a way to participate to an increase in consciousness in the population about the different causes of obesity, starting with MSG. People must change their feeding habits, such as eating less but better. Several studies explain MSG impact. In France, we have an increase of obesity from 7 % to 14 % in 12 years, and it can be linked with the appearance of MSG in the food industry in Europe. Here are some studies to read for those who may think it’s a minor problem :
    – Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats’. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull. Aug 2002.
    – Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity’. Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. Oct 1978.- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity’. Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA.Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.
    – Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk factors’. Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. Mar 1998.

  6. Laurie Andreoni on January 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    As part of the initial exam, we do a bioimpedence (body composition)test. (If they are in severe pain, this waits until the re-exam!) The info regarding the BMI, body fat, etc. is incorporated into the ROF as part of their overall health status. This opens the way for conversation regarding a comprehensive program without making it uncomfortable for both the patient & doc to bring up as a separate subject.

  7. chuck mancino on January 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I speak to so many docs who have big-time overweight patients who want “fixed” but so little can be done unless they address that they need to lose, literally, 100 pounds. Is there a way to approach this subject in a manner that brings the problem to light, with a chance of making the patient agree to go on a weight loss program? Lots of docs are sheepish about bringing it up, yet can’t address the health problems unless the patient losses some serious weight.

  8. Don Miner, DC on January 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Suggest: DC create a printed BMI index graph card… where patients could plot their height and weight to arrive at their own BMI.. This could be a smal card, the patients could take with them as a reminder of their health/BMI status. Begin with children keeping their own score and encouraged to repeat the graph/scoring every 6 months…

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