Is the United States finally inching toward a win against obesity? Last month it was reported that the U.S. had lost the not-so-coveted title of most obese country in the Americas (see September Making News). A new study shows that, after three decades of increases, obesity rates appear to have plateaued.
When working with individuals who are overweight or obese, it is wise to watch your words.
Research published recently in PLoS ONE (2013; 8 : e70048) found that subjects who experienced discrimination because of their weight were more likely to become or remain obese than those who didn’t encounter discrimination.
Ed Downs is a fifth-degree black belt, a U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and a more-than-20-year fitness industry veteran. He has spent much of his career working with professional athletes from a variety of sports, many of whom have trained at his TERF Athletic Facility in Miami. The creator of PROTERF train- ing, Downs has successfully developed and patented the Downs Disc, which he uses in client training programs.
It is well known that the United States faces a childhood obesity epidemic. In fact, 81% of respondents in a poll on the topic considered childhood obesity a serious concern and two-thirds believed the problem was getting worse (Hassink, Hill & Biddinger 2011). Actually, national surveys show a stabilization of childhood obesity rates and even small declines in some localities (RWJF 2012).
Preadolescence is a time of major change and growth, bringing psychological, physical and social shifts for boys and girls alike. Caught between the carefree days of childhood and the first throes of being a teenager, “tweens” (roughly aged 9–12) are a force to be reckoned with. Like many other populations, preadolescents are suffering from lack of exercise, which threatens to chart a course toward obesity and disease.
It’s not exactly a new strategy for aiding weight loss, but if you aren’t currently using food journals with clients who are trying to shed pounds, recent research suggests that perhaps you should be. Scientists from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center summarized the following from their study, which appeared in the July 16 online edition of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: women who want to lose weight should faithfully keep a food journal and should avoid skipping meals and eating in restaurants—especially at lunch.
Fitness professionals are an important part of the solution to the childhood obesity epidemic. One of the most compelling studies to demonstrate success in combating childhood obesity involved MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It), an intervention in which fitness professionals who were trained as health coaches delivered a 24-session curriculum to children and families over 3 months in communities and schools.
"I am not lazy."
"I don’t necessarily want or need to lose as much weight as you think I do. My biomarkers are good."
"I don’t have access to the same moisture-wicking clothes thin people do, and that can make working out more difficult for me, owing to chafing and lack of comfort."
"Don’t presume I don’t know how to eat correctly."
"My body is hard to carry around."
"Please give me time to do what you ask."