Obesity is one of the leading health-related problems facing the developed world. In fact, more than 1/3 (34.9% or 78.6 million) of adults in the United States (US) are obese. Obesity is linked to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and many preventable conditions that can lead to premature death. The estimated costs associated with obesity in the US topped $147 billion dollars in 2008 alone. Obesity is more common among middle age adults 40-59 years old (39.5%) than younger adults age 20-39 (30.3%) or adults over 60 (35.4%).
Knowing all the risks associated with obesity, it’s fair to say, most patients want to lose weight. Many have tried a lot of different approaches and yet continue to struggle with the seemingly never-ending “battle of the bulge.” So, how can chiropractic help? Because chiropractors are interested in your whole-person health, they cannot ignore the risk factors that cause and/or perpetuate other health problems that drive patients to their offices – such as low back pain. They can manage pain with the usual approaches (manipulation, mobilization, massage, trigger point, and other soft tissue therapies and modalities) but can also discuss dietary changes and ways to improve your general health. Studies show that an anti-inflammatory diet will address many of the issues facing the overweight person, including lower back pain. Hence, they may promote eating more fruits, vegetables, and lean meat/protein, avoiding gluten, and fortifying the diet with a broad spectrum multivitamin-mineral, magnesium (with or without calcium), fish-oil, vitamin D3, and co-enzyme Q10. Your doctor will assess you as an individual, work with other allied healthcare practitioners, and help guide you in diet and exercise in the quest of establishing NEW health habits to obtain and maintain your ideal weight.
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