Are you heavier or shorter than the average American?
A new government report looked at average weight, height, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI) of adults 1999-2000 through 2015-2016.
In 1999-2000, men averaged 189 pounds and women averaged just over 163 pounds. By 2015-2016, men averaged just under 198 while women averaged just over 170.
In 1999-2000, men averaged 69.2 inches and women averaged 63.8 inches. In 2015-2016 men avearaged 69.0 inches and women averaged 63.6 inches.
In 1999-2000 men averaged 38.8 inches around the waist while women averaged 36.3 inches. In 2015-2016 men averaged 40.2 while women averaged 38.7 inches.
In 1999-2000 men averaged a BMI of 27.7; women averaged 28.2. In 2015-2016 men averaged 29.1 while women went to 29.6. For reference, underweight BMI is less than 18.5; normal ranges from 18.5-24.9; overweight is 25-29.9; obese is 30 or more.
So the question is where do you fall in all this? Are you concerned enough to do something about it?
Read the full study here
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This is a question the Victor crew had. Or maybe the question should be, “How often SHOULD you weigh yourself?” Some say once a week, some say every day. I even know people who avoid it at all costs. They’d rather not know as long as their clothes are fitting.
First of all, fluctuations are common and to be expected. But what if you are truly trying to lose weight and get discouraged? Here’s some of what you need to know. Weight fluctuations can happen depending on a few factors such as how hydrated you are, what you may have recently eaten, your digestive system, climate, exercise routines, or even hormones. So does weighing more or less often help or harm your goals?
For some, weighing daily becomes a routine. But maybe you should stop doing that if it affects your behavior and sabotages your goals. Don’t let a number dictate your mood.
Once a week may be better because you aren’t focused every day on a number and can work more toward your actual goals. Those water weight fluctuations won’t take you down as much.
Those who weigh themselves less frequently may rely more on how their clothes are fitting before they get on a scale.
If you are weighing yourself more than once a day, then you are truly obsessed.
So our conclusion is: It is fine to weigh yourself once a week but try to make it the same day and time every week. Weight fluctuates but our moods and behavior shouldn’t based on that. Be level-headed and stick to your plan.
So in looking at holiday weight gain, the Victor crew found an article from Fox News showing some (heartening, some disheartening) myths about holiday weight gain:
Myth: Most people gain a full size.
The truth is, most people gain 1-2 pounds in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This is much less than the previously believed 7-10 pounds.
Fact: Bloating isn’t the same as fat weight.
You may feel like you’ve gained more weight than you have because of bloating and water retention from some foods. More carbs store glycogen. Some salty foods may cause you to retain water.
Myth: Exercise staves off holiday pounds.
In a study at Texas Tech, half were inactive subjects and the other half active. Both gained the same amount of weight.
Myth: You’ll lose it in January.
Many people will never lose that extra pound and put on a pound or two a year. In ten years it’s ten to twenty pounds.
Fact: It’s not too late to ward off holiday pounds.
Try to corral the carbs, drink more water, stay away from sugary drinks.
~ Steve Victor
Thirty-five million people suffer today from Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. That number is projected to rise to 100 million by 2050. I asked Jody Victor® to tell us more about it.
Jody Victor®: Many scientists now believe that Alzheimer’s is caused largely by the brain’s impaired response to insulin. Suzanne de la Monte and her research team at the U.S. Brown Medical School discovered that, similar to what happens in the pancreas, insulin is released in the hippocampus of the brain as well. Your brain creates its own insulin.
The research team also found that brain insulin is not affected by the level of glucose in the blood as in Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. But any trouble with the release of insulin in the brain does contribute to Type 3 Diabetes. With Type 3 Diabetes the brain produces lower than normal levels of brain insulin. When brain cells are deprived of insulin they eventually die, causing memory loss and other degenerative diseases.
The new phenomenon Type 3 Diabetes strengthens scientists’ belief that people with diabetes have an increased risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disorder, by up to 65 percent. There is now strong evidence that Alzheimer’s could be caused by the very same choices that cause Type 2 Diabetes: poor diet loaded with bad fats, sugars, and salt. Almost daily we receive more and more evidence that the food choices we make can have a profound effect on our health.
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Health officials are deeply concerned over a new phenomenon that physicians are seeing in increasing numbers with their patients suffering with diabetes. I asked Jody Victor® to tell us more about it.
Jody Victor®: The phenomenon is typically called Type 3 Diabetes (or Double Diabetes). It has also been called Hybrid Diabetes. According to recent reports, physicians are increasingly seeing patients with the symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. It appears that having either type of diabetes is necessary for developing Type 3. There are only a few symptoms of Type 3 that have been directly associated with it, including an increased heart rate and spikes in glucose levels.
Diabetes occurs when the body cannot turn blood sugar, or glucose, into energy- either because it does not produce enough insulin (Type 1) or when the body does not use it correctly (Type 2). Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes, affects five percent of all diabetics. It happens when the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. It was previously thought that Type 1 only occurred with children, but it is now known that adults can also develop it as well. Type 2 diabetes affects over ninety-five percent of all diabetics. Type 2 happens when the body becomes unable to process insulin properly.
Since little is currently known about Type 3 Diabetes, physicians are turning to prevention as the first response to fighting this new phenomenon. When a child is diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, parents are encouraged to keep him/her as close to a healthy weight as possible with regular physical activity and a healthy diet. A healthy diet should be a family affair, whether or not someone in the family has diabetes. Controlling your body weight is a good way to keep from getting Type 2 Diabetes. Researchers believe that controlling obesity may be crucial to getting to the bottom of the Type 3/Double Diabetes phenomenon. One theory currently under testing is that obesity may be the trigger either because it overworks the pancreas or it destroys the autoimmune system. It is also believed that even if you are genetically predisposed to Type 1 Diabetes, you may be able to avoid Type 3 Diabetes with weight control.
Diabetics can consume the same foods as the rest of the family. The goal is to follow a well-balanced diet, keep serving sizes under control, and make sure your body has enough insulin to handle the foods you eat. Diabetics need to observe and learn how different foods affect their blood sugar and how to coordinate the types and amount of insulin taken before a meal. Your family meal plan should include more good fats (vegetables and nuts) and less bad fats (saturated and animal fats). Carbohydrates have the most influence on blood sugar levels. Grains, fruits, starchy vegetables, and dairy products have the highest concentrations of carbs. You should talk with your doctor or registered dietician to develop an individualized plan.
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