Boomers Waking Up to the Realities of Obesity

Obesity Issues

(DGIwire) — According to statistics, baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are more overweight and obese than current or previous generations.  Around 70% are either overweight or obese and this number has been increasing.  This is very bad news.  As this wave of 77 million Americans reach retirement age, it is setting the stage for a massive strain on our Medicare program.

Boomers polled have said that cancer and memory loss were their biggest health fears.  However, considering that excess weight and obesity are known risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and other metabolic disorders, they should be more concerned with reducing their weight and waistlines.

In fact, even those who aren’t obese need to do more to maintain optimal weight and fitness.  Only half of the overweight or obese boomers polled say they are regularly exercising.  Many boomers say they get some aerobic exercise but only 25% said they get the recommended 4-5 sessions or 2.5 hours per week.  Loss of bone and muscle mass as we age is common and affects our health and mobility.  Only 63% reported doing any form of strength training which is critical for maintaining lean body mass.

“The good news was that walking was cited as their most frequent form of exercise.   Most everyone can start walking and when combined with a proper diet, walking is one of the best fat burning exercises.  The benefits can really add up when walking is combined with more overall activity,” according to Tom Griesel, co-author of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (BSH 2011).

60% of the boomers polled said they are currently dieting to lose weight.  They say they are also eating more fruits and vegetables and/or cutting cholesterol and salt. However, the current statistics indicate their efforts are not producing the desired results.

Griesel adds, “Everyone needs a simple and effective diet and lifestyle solution that, regardless of their current weight or condition, can be easily incorporated, without a major time commitment or expense.  If people would just focus on being more active, walking more and eating more fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish and lean proteins, while avoiding processed foods loaded with sugar, refined grains and cheap fats health and waistlines would show a dramatic improvement.”

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