The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently published its current Position Stand on “Appropriate Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults” (Jakicic, J.M., et al., 2001, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 33 , 2145-56). This evidence-based position paper updates existing guidelines, including those pertaining to the quality and quantity of exercise necessary for weight loss.
The number of people in the United States who are overweight or obese is steadily increasing and threatens to reverse many of the health gains reported in recent decades. According to government statistics, obesity rates among adults have doubled since 1980, with an estimated 61 percent considered overweight by 1999. The problem is not limited to adults; the number of overweight children and adolescents has tripled since 1980.
February 2002 idea health & fitness sourceDoes my BMI really matter? Will I be able to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy? How do I know if the supplements I’m taking really do what the packaging says they will do?
Parents, especially fathers, have considerable influence in promoting healthy lifestyles for their daughters. New research presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity in October 2001 underscores the importance of parents and teachers as role models for kids. In addition, the research reveals new ways to identify kids at risk for obesity.
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What's Weight Got to Do With It? Why fitness professionals should emphasize exercise-- not weight loss--for their overweight and obese clients.
Jean is a stay-at-home mother of two girls who, like most parents today, leads a very hectic lifestyle. She is attractive, eats a healthy diet and jogs three miles several times a week. But at 5...
In observance of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, IDEA has compiled a list of our most relevant articles. Learn how different components of daily life can effect children’s obesity risk, how to fight obesity and how to create effective programming for children.
Fitness professionals in Ireland have their work cut out for them. A new report from Trinity College Dublin offers troubling data on overweight and obesity rates among adults 50 and older in Ireland. According to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), 4 out of 5 of the 8,000 adults surveyed over a 10-year period were overweight or obese.
An accomplished orthopedic surgeon, Gregory Degnan, MD, serves as medical director of ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers, home to 38,000 members throughout Pennsylvania and Virginia. Since a rare medical condition sidelined Degnan’s surgical career, he has worked to map out the ACAC physician-referred exercise program and has advocated for the unification of the healthcare and fitness industries. An avid exerciser, Degnan attended Wesleyan University and Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.
newsletter_teaser: For many fuller-figured individuals, the idea of going to a fitness facility is overwhelming. Unfortunately, our images and headlines don’t help. In industry marketing materials, “we feature the already fit, which is intimidating,” says Boulder, Colorado–based marketing and sales expert Debra Atkinson, MS.
Intervention. At 493 pounds and with a pants waist size of 78, Josh was close to hitting rock bottom. The significant weight he carried caused him to lose his job and his house, forcing him to move in with his parents. Concerned for his well-being, Josh’s family encouraged him to seek guidance from a qualified fitness professional. That’s when he met Kevin Buchanek, a personal trainer at Personally Fit by Chris Hill.