Monday, March 5, 2007

Is Obesity Just as Bad as Smoking or Drinking?

by Mila Spivak

It is not uncommon these days to see various news channels and TV programs discussing obesity as a major health risk in the developed countries. You may ask yourself, what is the hype about? Why all over sudden we have started to dedicate so much of our time to talking about obesity? In summary, the hype has its routes in two different revelations about obesity.

On the one head, there is the major increase in the number of people who are now clinically classed as obese. In the United States for example, more that 30% of its total population aged 15 and over are classed as obese with BMI >30 - this is almost 1 in 3 Americans! United States is closely followed by Mexico and United Kingdom where almost 1 in 5 adults have BMI >30. The importance of these figures lies in the fact that these levels of obesity are only a recent phenomenon. From 1980 to 2002, America has seen obesity doubling in adults, whilst overweight prevalence has tripled in children and adolescents (source).

The second revelation about obesity is its implications on health. People who are severely overweight have a much higher risk in developing obesity related diseases such as heart attack, stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, to name just a few. According to a new government study from Britain, obesity is now considered more dangerous to health than smoking or drinking. In America, public health research has discovered that for every 100 obese men and women, there are 50 extra chronic diseases compared to around 20 extra diseases among smokers, nearly 60 among people living in poverty, and a similar number for drinkers (source).

So what could be the reason for this major rise in obesity over the recent years? Many attribute it to overeating, sedentary lifestyles, and not enough activity. In the majority of cases obesity is self inflicted and could be helped by undergoing a weight management program. One way to help obese people loose weight faster in conjunction with a low-calorie diet and exercise is to take Meridia. Also known as Sibutramine or Reductil, Meridia works on the part of the brain that controls appetite. The active ingredient in sibutramine helps create a signal to the brain that results in a sense of fullness. It is important to note that Meridia does not suppress appetite, which is a signal to start eating. Instead, Meridia helps weight loss by influencing the brain to feel a sense of fullness which is a signal to stop eating. This fullness signal means one may feel satisfied with less food. Numerous studies conducted on Meridia show that along with a healthy reduced-calorie diet and exercise, Meridia helps patients lose weight and maintain weight loss for up to two years (source).

For more information about Meridia, how and when it should be taken, where to buy Meridia as well as a collection of useful information about dieting, healthy living and exercise visit Meridia Weight Loss.

About the Author
Mila Spivak writes various articles on healthy eating, exercise and dieting solutions including Meridia. Most of her articles are featured on Meridia Weight Loss website.


Is Obesity Just as Bad as Smoking or Drinking?



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