March, 2013, Vol. 14, Issue By Bruce H. Robinson,
The steadily increasing prevalence of those who are overweight or frankly obese is without doubt the greatest health crisis in the United States. This will have a profoundly negative effect on the longevity and health of a vast number of Americans as they enter the middle years of life. When this vast multitude of individuals develops severe medical conditions as a result of their significantly overweight condition they will flood the medical clinics and hospitals of North America, requiring treatment for their problems.
By Sara Calabro, LAc
The tail end of 2010 was big for weight-loss news. Just after Thanksgiving, Weight Watchers announced a revamp of its famous Points system, which now accounts for quality of foods rather than just caloric value. In early December, an FDA advisory committee voted to expand the indication for the Lap-Band device so that people with body mass indices between 30 and 35 can be eligible. And just a few days later, another advisory committee recommended approval of a new prescription diet pill, Contrave.
By Tyehao Lu, LAC, MAOM
According to the World Health Organization there are 1 billion people
globally that are overweight and 300 million that are clinically
obese. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination
survey from 1999 to 2002, 65 percent of the U.S. population is obese or
overweight and 30 percent are considered clinically obese. There
continues to be an increase number of people that are becoming overweight or
obese. The National Health Statistics reported that the body mass index (BMI)
increased 30 percent in 1999-2000.