New Mexico, its Citizens and Obesity
Our cultural heritage creates the roots of our community, and food provides the soil or nourishment of that community. As we have all come to realize our children, families, friends and loved ones are growing larger.
Today in New Mexico we have an obesity epidemic that may cripple us and our children’s lives (as reported in “The Weight of Our Children” Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity). The findings indicate that 14.6% of kindergarten students and 21.4% of third grade students are obese. Furthermore, significantly more American Indian children in New Mexico experience childhood obesity than any other racial/ethnic group. How do New Mexico young teens rank when it comes to the prevalence of being overweight or obese? Sadly, not very well; over 30% of 10-17 year olds are overweight or obese (www.childhealthdata.org).
It certainly is concerning that almost 33%, or 1 in three children, are overweight or obese. This puts an enormous stress on the children as they grow (kids can be cruel); plus being overweight or obese leads to diabetes and heart disease. A study published in 2009, at Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville by Dr. DelGiorno, found that by as early as 7 years old, being obese may raise the child’s future risk of heart disease and stroke. Adults fare no better in New Mexico. According to the CDC, just about 60% of New Mexico citizens are overweight and/or obese. What this means is that many families are gradually or rapidly moving towards long term health issues simply by choosing a style of living that supports fat accumulation.
How do you choose it?
Notice, I am saying that you are choosing this path. Well, unfortunately by listening to our current nutrition dogma. We unfortunately taught you in the 1970’s that fat is bad and carbs are good. Sorrowfully, this has led us down the path of increasing obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and many other unnecessary ailments. Our wonderful heritage, the ready availability of highly processed foods and the misfortune of poor eating advice has led our neighbor to sickness and disease.
Are there other factors at play?
Are we hurting ourselves by having an “attitude” that fuller is better? In a study by Rahman and Berenson, in the journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in December 2010, they found that “Significantly more Hispanic (24.7%) and black (28.2%) women were overweight misperceivers compared with white respondents (14.8%), while significantly more white (16.0%) and Hispanic women (19.7%) were normal weight misperceivers compared with black women (7.4%). This means that heavier women that are Hispanic consider being overweight as OK or normal (CNN report).
Should we care about Obesity or simply being “fluffy”?
What is the impact of being overweight or obese on your health?
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Joint problems, including osteoarthritis
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Metabolic syndrome
- Psychosocial effects like depression, disapproval, discrimination, torment, bias in work and social life
- Respiratory problems
- Gynecologic problems: infertility, irregular periods, miscarriages (Source Stanford Hospital & Clinics, www.standfordheospital.org)
Let’s ask ourselves these questions:
What if the issue about weight was really about wellness?
What if being well would help you lose weight, get more energy, think more clearly, feel better, motivate you to move about all without dieting or exercising?
There are programs that do just that. One such program is MV Wellness Program which is designed to treat disorders related to Insulin Resistance and Dysfunction.
What are those disorders?
How do you know if you have Insulin Resistance?
Following are some of the symptoms and signs:
- You are constantly hungry
- You crave sugar
- It is very hard to lose weight
- You are achy and have pains that seem to migrate
- Fatigue defines how you wake up (can’t live without your espresso or latte)
- Your weight concentrates in your belly
- Trouble sleeping
- Men, your libido is shot and you have become a couch athlete
- Women, you have forgotten what the word libido means
- You have been told you have high cholesterol or bad cholesterol
- Women you have irregular periods, acne, excess hair
So what can you do?
Think outside the box. The MV Wellness program is based on the Institute for Sustained Health™ clinical protocol. Institute for Sustained Health™ is our medical and scientifically based health program. In it we use scientific and medical facts about Insulin Resistance (IR) to manage uncontrolled weight gain (aka overweight or obesity), hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression, onset of diabetes and its treatment, and issues in women related to acne, irregular menses, hirsutism (too much hair) and infertility. We treat men, women and adolescents.
What is Sustained Health™?
Latinos/Hispanics are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, obesity, and diabesity. Our children are at higher risk than the white population and our behaviors and attitudes towards being overweight work against us. However, a careful evaluation and our proven series of treatments along with style of living changes can reverse this destructive course.