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When it comes to the growing epidemic of obesity, there is no person, family, group, industry nor institution that is not somehow affected by statistics like these:
· Over 1/3 of American children and adolescents are overweight or obese.
· Childhood obesity has more than doubled and, in the case of adolescents, tripled.
· Adults fare no better – 2/3 over age 20 overweight and 1/3 in this same demographic, obese.
· Among hospital employees and their dependents, obesity rate is 46% (Truven Health, 2012).
Is it any wonder one of the most highly searched combinations of words on Google is “weight loss?” People are literally crying out for the help they need by performing countless searches for the best way to manage and reduce their weight. And with all of the diet and exercise plans available, it can be overwhelming to discern which program is most effective, not to mention affordable and sustainable.
Obtaining the most current research into social and environmental aspects and understanding the impact obesity has on children who report feeling more sad, anxious, and lonely, faring worse socially, emotionally, and academically (which has poor implications for future career prospects), can help practitioners more effectively work to control weight and reduce risk of obesity for children and adolescents. Empowered with the latest weight loss prevention, treatment options and other cutting edge information, they may also better help adult patients reduce not only their weight, but their risk for diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and more.