has been linked to a number of serious conditions, including
high blood pressure, type II (adult-onset) diabetes, coronary
heart disease and stroke. Despite these associations, obesity
is increasing in the United States, rising from an already
unacceptable 25.4% from 1976-1980 to a staggering rate of
35.2% from 1988-1994.
In a study published in the October issue of the American
Journal of Public Health, researchers evaluated the potential
lifetime health and economic benefits of a sustained 10% reduction
in body weight in men and women (35-64 years of age and suffering
from mild, moderate or severe obesity). They estimate that
this type of weight loss would:
€ reduce the expected number of years of life with high
blood pressure by up to three years; years with elevated
cholesterol levels by almost one year; and years with type
II diabetes by 1/2 a year to nearly two years per person;
€ reduce the expected lifetime incidence of coronary heart
disease by 12-38 cases per thousand and stroke by 1-13 cases
€ increase average life expectancy by 2-7 months per person;
€ reduce expected lifetime medical care costs associated
with these diseases by $2,200-$5,300 per person.
Most of us need to lose a few pounds, but don't starve yourself
or look to a temporary solution. If you want to lose weight,
live longer and avoid disease, adopt a sensible diet that
will take the pounds off steadily and keep them off. Your
doctor of chiropractic can recommend a complete exercise and
nutritional program suitable to your needs.
Oster G, Thompson D, Edelsberg J, et al. Lifetime health
and economic benefits of weight loss among obese persons.
American Journal of Public Health, October 1999: Vol.
89, No. 10, pp1536-42.