Sep 29, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg
At some point within the last few years, you may have seen charts and statistics showing the United States as being one of the most obese countries in the world. It seems like any time you turn on the news, there is some kind of coverage about the issue and, more often than not, the media refers to it as a “national epidemic.” While many valiant efforts have been made to promote proper nutrition and exercise, the issue still remains. In fact, it has recently been estimated that one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Referring to the rise of obesity as an “epidemic” may be somewhat hyperbolic, but clearly there’s no denying that it warrants concern.
Body Mass Index (commonly referred to as BMI) is a measure of an individual’s body fat in relation to weight and height. The average person will want to be within the range of 19-25, which indicates a normal or healthy weight status. Those that are at a BMI of 30, or above, are generally considered obese.
As one’s BMI level continues to increase, the risk of developing certain diseases – such as hypertension, heart disease, and stroke – rises as well. Additionally, excess weight can put stress on joints and aggravate arthritis pain, resulting in limited mobility and a decline in physical ability. Studies have also shown that there may be a correlation between obesity and the development of cognitive impairment.
As you can imagine, obesity can be especially concerning for aging adults, who are generally at a higher risk for the diseases and conditions mentioned above. However, there are several lifestyle changes that seniors can make to help combat excess weight gain and prevent obesity. As always, it’s important that your loved ones consult with their doctor or physician before starting any weight loss program.
There’s nothing more important than the health and well-being of your aging loved ones. By helping them follow the tips above, they can reduce excess weight, prevent obesity, and look forward to a happier, healthier tomorrow.
At Comfort Keepers® in Fredericksburg, we understand that it can be difficult for you to see that your loved ones have what they need, at all times. That’s why our compassionate, professional, in-home caregivers are trained to provide personalized care that truly makes a difference. If they require assistance with following an exercise routine, or if they need help preparing healthy meals, we can be there for them. Put simply, our senior care services are designed to help your loved ones get the most out of life - as safely and independently as possible.