How does the US compare to other countries in attempts to fight obesity? Do they do more or less is it better or worse? While doing research on obesity I found many courses and seminars geared toward fitness professionals with the topic of obesity. This is no so in the US and if it is I am unaware of it. Let me know your thoughts.
Could it be because obesity is such a complex disease? Obesity is chronic disease that very well will present with other complex clinical conditions that are outside the scope of practice of the certified personal trainer. Here is something I read in the ACSM textbook “Exercise Management for Persons Living with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities” regarding “Exercise and Multiple Chronic Conditions.”
It reads, “Several very common combinations of multiple chronic diseases are frequently seen in exercise training or rehabilitation programs, so it would be prudent for lifestyle intervention teams to become familiar with the management of persons with these combinations, which include the following:
Obesity,arthritis or back pain or both, and “heart disease.”
Obesity, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, or back pain or both, and “heart disease.”
Obesity, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, or back pain and both, and “heart disease.”
Obesity, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis or back pain or both and renal failure
Any or all of the above with depression or both.
Shawn, I’ve only included the combinations that pertain to the obese population.
Ask yourself, is the average personal trainer truly prepared to take on the obese population singlehandedly only after having taken a course or a seminar or would it be more prudent that the personal trainer be working with a team of professionals who understand and can treat the various complications that might arise as a consequence of diabetes.
Shawn this is just food for thought from my perspective . Thank you for such a thought-provoking question.