There is an epidemic of obesity in the US today. Consider the following:
- 1 in 3 Americans is overweight
- 1 in 5 or 129.6 million are obese
- 70% of Americans dieted in 2007
- 95% of all diets fail if exercise is not part of the program
- Yo-yo dieting leads to eating disorders and may be the single most common “cause” of disordered eating
- In a recent study, young girls were quoted as saying that they would prefer to have cancer, lose both their parents, or live through a nuclear holocaust than to be fat.
- 80% of girls in grades 3 to 6 displayed body image concerns and dissatisfaction with their appearance
- 81% of 10 year olds say they are afraid of being fat
- By the time girls reached the 8th grade, 50% of them had been on diets, putting them at risk for eating disorders and obesity.
- 25% of first graders admit to having been a diet.
In my practice, I often see patients that were overweight as children and experienced such self-hatred or shame that their eating disorder is a conscious attempt at avoiding that situation again.
For others, a family member, perhaps a father or mother or even a grandmother or an aunt with a weight problem triggers intense anxiety about weight gain.
If you are a loved one need treatment for obesity or an eating disorder in Cincinnati, I’m here to help! Schedule a consultation at 513-300-8043!
World Health – 1 in 3 Americans are Overweight or Obese (http://www.worldhealth.net/news/1_in_3_americans_are_overweight_or_obese/)
Empowered Parents – The Skinny on Raising Daughters to Become Healthy Eaters (http://www.empoweredparents.com/pages/Article14.htm)
Empowered Parents – Childhood Fears Take New Form: Body Image Concerns In Young Children (http://www.empoweredparents.com/1childhoodonset/childhood_01.htm)
Empowered Parents – Obesity, Overweight and their Connection to Eating Disorders (http://www.empoweredparents.com/pages/Article7.htm)
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