Inactivity Cites Same Diseases in the Obese and Disabled

Get Moving for Better Health

Obese Inactivity does cite the same diseases in the obese and disabled. Obesity at the age of 25 does advance to more severe obesity by the age of 35. These findings were documented by the University of Wyoming and the City University of New York. Researchers believe that cardiovascular and metabolic risk are better indicators of ¬†health at one’s current weight, rather than measuring the issues gauged on the duration of the obesity. According to researchers it is never too late to lose weight.

Weight loss during any season of life will always lower health risks, regardless of how long one has been obese. The biological risks of longer-term obesity create cause for concern in that the longer the stage of obesity, the more severe are the health concerns due to the stresses that are being put upon the body. For those who are young and obese, they do have the opportunity to work at losing the weight, or at least manage it through the prevention of additional weight gain.

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, just published a new study and found that obese women have a 46.9 percent chance of suffering with class III obesity. But those women who are of a normal weight in their younger years only had a 4.8 percent chance of the same. The findings for men were far less dramatic in that those who were obese at the age of 25 were only 23.1 percent more likely to suffer morbid obesity (class III obesity) after the age of 35. And those who were of normal weight at the age of 25 had a mere likely hood of 1.1 percent chance to suffer severe obesity. The difference between the women versus the men was  23.8 percent.

Scientists warned that those who are at heightened risk of severe obesity later in life are susceptible to hypertension, diabetes, and inflammation as well as all the complications that come with those diseases. Other chronic conditions are factored into long-term obesity. Mobility and musculoskeletal disease have greater implications as the duration of obesity progresses. Prevention should always be at the forefront of clinical and public health.

A Harvard study stated that, globally, 1.5 billion adults are obese and those numbers are expected to rise to 3 billion by 2030. The Lancet acknowledged 37 million deaths which occurred, could have all been prevented. They include obesity, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. When considering prevention, physical inactivity and waist circumference are key predictors for obesity-related disease. Anytime part of the body, be it organs, structure or systems within, that are not functioning properly,that is defined as disease. It could also include nutritional deficiencies, imbalances or different types of toxicity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 35 percent of adults are severely overweight. Obesity defined, is the condition of being grossly overweight or fat. According to the CDC, adults who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25-29.9 are overweight. Those who have a BMI of 30+ are headed toward morbid obesity. To reduce corpulence, learn more and go to Body Mass Index.

The CDC is also concerned for inactive adults with disability. The diseases reported in the disabled are the same as those listed in the obesity category; thus, inactivity cites same diseases in the obese and disabled. These same diseases are coronary heart disease; cancer; stroke; and diabetes. According to the U.S. census reports, 57 million people have some type of disability.

The following is recommended by the CDC to assist those with disability:
1) Get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, or 75 minutes of intense exercise per week.
2) Ask about what type of activity is best and how much to do.
3) Discuss any barriers or lack of support.
4) Choose options of activity based on patient’s abilities.
5) Utilize resources and programs to maintain activity and have an accountability program set in place.

Exercise not only increases mental health, it is known to increase heart and lung function, which increases confidence for more independent living.

Those disabled who received instruction from their doctors to seek help in regards to increasing physical activity, were 82 percent more likely to participate than those who received no instruction. There is also the factor of psychological barriers. Dianna Carroll, PhD, of the CDC in Atlanta, encourages healthcare providers to utilize resources provided by the CDC in helping patients with disabilities. She also alluded to the growing concern that it is unknown if inactivity and chronic disease lead to disability or if the disability leads to the inactivity resulting in chronic disease. Inactivity makes the same diseases prone to be found in both the obese and disabled. Once again, they are heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. The key factor that jeopardizes health is lack of exercise, better known as inactivity. So, get moving.

By Jill Boyer-Adriance

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