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Update: July 2001

Weight Management Facts and Statistics

A hundred years ago life was very different from today in many ways. A greater percentage of people worked harder physically, and the stresses of attempting to cram 90 minutes into every waking hour was the exception not the rule. The most important difference however was the way in which we ate. No single factor has changed so dramatically and so rapidly as the dietary intake of the average person.

At the turn of the century Americans mostly ate natural home-cooked meals, not commercial packaged foods filled with chemicals and lifeless calories. Today, for many of us, it's just the opposite. What society offers is margarine or some other fat substitute for our bread instead of real butter, our fruits and vegetables are sprayed with chemicals of a wide variety, and our meats are injected with chemicals and powerful metabolic altering hormones. But the most important change of all perhaps, is in our consumption of sugar.

In our grandparents' day the average person consumed between 3 and 5 pounds of sugar per year. Today the average individual consumes his or her own body weight in sugar during the same period! This powerful and potentially dangerous substance, consumed in such enormous amounts, is wreaking havoc with the health of each of us, from small children to senior citizens. Among the many detrimental effects of this over-consumption are glucose metabolism disorders, such as carbohydrate intolerance, hypoglycemia, and diabetes. Glucose metabolism disorders occur when the body cannot properly metabolize sugars for fuel. Chronic conditions like hypoglycemia are so common that they are often overlooked by diagnosing health practitioners. Adult onset diabetes, the most rapidly spreading epidemic in modern times, costs the United States 85 billion dollars annually - and that figure is expected to double before the passing of another decade.

One of the more obvious side effects of too little exercise and too many calories, or more accurately "wrong calories", is obesity. There are more overweight people in America than any other nation on earth. Is it because we live in a land of plenty and simply eat too much? For many this is the case. A reduction in exercise and an increase in caloric consumption will produce moderate weight gain in many individuals. That "extra" 10 or 15 pounds is frequently due to excess availability and poor food choices. But what about the millions of people who are truly obese? Is this simply a product of eating too much? No, it is not. Years of research, from athletes to the chronically overweight, shows that weight problems go beyond the simple concept of over-indulgence. In a short while we will discuss a complicated metabolic process that can lead to far more than extra unwanted pounds.

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Weight Related Problems

Being overweight has greater implications than detracting from one's appearance. Excess body fat, in combination with other factors such as lack of exercise, can be directly linked or at least contribute to a host of health problems, many of which lead to chronic degenerative disease. In short, being overweight is downright dangerous!

It is estimated that 35% of men over thirty and 50% of women over forty are 20 pounds or more over their ideal weight. This can lead to a variety of direct linked diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Further, obesity has been implicated in the increased incidence of many other health problems including kidney disease, cirrhosis of the liver, gastric and duodenal ulcers, arthritis, gall bladder disease, urinary infection, complications during pregnancy, low back pain, edema, hyperlipidemia, hernia, varicose veins, depression and suicide. Still further, cancers of the colon, rectum, prostate, breast, uterus and ovaries are significantly greater in persons 20% above their ideal body weight. Overall an individual with just a 20% above their ideal body weight has a 350% greater mortality risk!

In short, excess amounts of the wrong types of fat in the absence of exercise can lead to many acute and chronic health problems - problems that might have been avoided if properly managed.

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The Dangers of Weight Loss Drugs

Obesity does kill! That was the basis for approval of the drugs Fen-Phen and Redux, even when preliminary reports indicated that these drugs could cause severe health complications. But consumers and medical practitioners chose to ignore these dangers. And now hundreds of severe health complications have resulted from these diet drugs and they are considered more dangerous than an obesity problem.

Excess weight is a national obsession, but it must be approached with scientically and safely proven methods. A national survey of over 1,700 men and women revealed that 84% were dissatisfied with their weight. Polls also show that over 1/3 of American women and 1/4 of men are trying to lose weight. Weight is not only a "how-you-look" issue but also a "fundamental health" issue. In 1992 Americans spent $36 billion on weight loss and got nothing for it. How can I say that? Because, statistics show that on the average in 1997 men, women, and children -- YES even children -- are 5 to 10 lbs. heavier than five years ago.

Drugs are not the answer to this national problem. Traditional diet programs and exercise equipment have failed. What is the answer? The Lifetime Weight Managment Program that helps you understand your body and gives you tools to maximize your success ... and while you're at it adding in a good supplement like Ultra Toddy or Total Toddy will give you an "integrated health" program.

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Weight Problem Prevention and Treatment Strategies

Our Weight Management Program will give you additional nutrient and lifestyle information. We also include the Center for Disease Control Framework for Weight Problems Prevention and Control to help you understand on a large scale what the government is doing.

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