ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Can Autoimmune Conditions be Reversed? Researchers Make a Surprising Discovery

How One Tiny Molecule Turned into One Huge Health Breakthrough

Acupuncture boosts effectiveness of standard medical care for chronic pain, depression

Research on Astaxanthin Demonstrates Significant Whole Body Benefits

Nutrients Boost Stem Cell Function

Humans have three times more brown body fat

B12 Proven Essential for Every Cell

Soy isoflavones may benefit breast cancer patients

How B Vitamins Improve Brain Health, Cognition, Psychiatric Problems and Mood Disorders

Dietary prebiotics improve sleep, buffer impacts of stress, says study

 
Print Page
Email Article

Greater Incidence of Obesity among Adults with Disabling Conditions

  [ 37 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • October 27, 2002


As significant a problem as obesity is among the general population, it's an even greater problem for adults with disabling conditions, according to a study in the Sept. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which also found in general, patients with disabilities were as likely to try to lose weight as were overweight adults without disabilities.

"Our research showed that adults with sensory, physical and mental health conditions are at increased risk for obesity," says the study's senior author Christina Wee, M.D., M.P.H. of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). "We in the field of public health need to develop strategies to help these patients in their weight-control efforts."

Using data pooled from U.S. government surveys including the 1994-1995 National Health Interview Survey, the 1994-1995 Disability Supplement and the 1995 Healthy People 2002 Supplement, Wee and her coauthors examined the cases of more than 145,000 individuals. Of this group, nearly 26,000 had one or more potentially disabling conditions, which were classified into six categories: blind/low vision; deaf/hard of hearing; lower extremity mobility difficulty; upper extremity mobility difficulty; hand dexterity difficulty; and serious mental illness.

After adjusting for sociodemographic factors, the survey analysis found that nearly 25 percent of the group of individuals with disabilities were obese -- defined as having body mass index greater than 30 -- compared with about 15 percent of the adults without disabling conditions.

According to Wee, who is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the highest risk for obesity was found among adults with lower limb mobility difficulties, defined as difficulty walking, standing, climbing stairs or requiring the use of a mobility aid such as a cane or a walker. Further analysis found this same group was also not likely to have received exercise counseling from their physicians.

"This aspect of our findings was particularly troubling," says Wee. "Exercise is very important for weight maintenance among patients with lower mobility disabilities. Without exercise, you're often left with a 'vicious cycle,' in that inactivity contributes to obesity, obesity exacerbates disability and disability impedes a person's ability to exercise."

Obesity is a serious problem, putting patients at risk for developing type II diabetes, as well as coronary artery disease, hypertension and related cardiac problems. With the exception of patients with lower mobility disabilities, Wee's analysis found that adults with disabilities were as likely to attempt to lose weight as adults without disabilities, a finding that she says should be noted by the medical community. "Physicians need to recognize that these groups of patients face increased risks for obesity and actively encourage their efforts to control their weight," she says.

The authors recommend that further study and more detailed clinical guidelines are needed to help physicians promote weight control and exercise among their patients with disabilities.



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® FibroSleep™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
NAD+ Ignite with Niagen

Featured Products

FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils

Natural Remedies

Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More
Clinically Studied Joint Relief Product for FM & ME/CFS Clinically Studied Joint Relief Product for FM & ME/CFS
Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency? Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency?
Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health
Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map