Health is priceless. Without health, the ability to experience pleasure in almost every other aspect of life is severely limited. Yet despite this, our personal health is often squandered, challenged and ignored.
Nowhere is this more evident than matters of weight. This is how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe America's obesity epidemic:
Over the past decade, obesity has become recognized as a national health threat and a major public health
challenge. In 2007--2008, based on measured weights and heights approximately 72.5 million adults in the United States were obese (CDC, unpublished data, 2010).
Obese adults are at increased risk for many serious health conditions, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and premature death. Adult obesity also is associated with reduced quality of life, social stigmatization, and discrimination.
From 1987 to 2001, diseases associated with obesity accounted for 27% of the increases in U.S. medical costs.
For 2006, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at as much as $147 billion
(2008 dollars); among all payers, obese persons had estimated medical costs that
were $1,429 higher than persons of normal weight.
In 2001, the Surgeon General called for strong public health action to prevent and decrease overweight and
Diabetes? Discrimination? Premature death?
Now is the time to develop an action plan to fight back. The Ideal Protein Protocol is a
tool that can help. Fat is simply stored energy—those excess calories consumed
and not burned, saved for a rainy day.
Today is your rainy day.
Dionne is a certified Ideal Protein coach who lost 25 pounds following the protocol way back when. Since then she's learned to cook healthier meals (and actually eat them), get a daily dose of iron in the form barbells and kettle bells and is usually training to improve her time in an upcoming half marathon.