Startling Facts about Obesity and Its Impact in New Jersey

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I often discuss the global epidemic of obesity and how it leads to chronic illness, which is crippling healthcare systems around the world. But what is the state of obesity in New Jersey, right here in our own backyard?

The numbers may shock you.

According to data released by the New Jersey Department of Health in October of 2015, 26.9 percent of New Jersey adults are obese, and 36.3 percent are overweight. That means nearly two thirds (63.2 percent) of New Jersey adults are either obese or overweight.

If we continue at this pace, nearly half (48.6 percent) of New Jersey adults will be obese by 2030.

The numbers aren’t any better for our children. One in four children ages 10-17 and 23 percent of high school students are obese or overweight.

But here is one statistic that truly frightens me. In New Jersey, more than 14 percent of low-income children under the age of 5 are obese. New Jersey has the highest rate of low-income childhood obesity among the 44 states that report this data. Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Angry Fat and the Truth about Obesity

angry fatIn a previous post, I discussed how mad cow disease is a prime example of how altered structure changes the information of that structure, which in turn impacts the way the body functions.

More specifically, when man alters the state of food, it alters the structural information within that food, which affects our health and causes disease. These facts are painfully obvious when you take a closer look at the obesity epidemic in our country.

Central obesity, or excessive fat around the midsection, poses the greatest risk of chronic illness associated with fat accumulation. The dangerous fat stored in the belly area is called angry fat.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Why Sitting Can Be as Unhealthy as Smoking

sitting is the new smokingIn Part 1 of my post about exercising the brain, I pointed out how the sedentary lifestyle – sitting around all day at home and at work – is terrible for the brain. In fact, sitting is the new smoking.

As much as I would like to say I came up with that painfully true observation, credit goes to Dr. Anup Kanodia, a physician and researcher at the Center for Personalized Health Care at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Kanodia cited a 2012 Australian study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers estimated that every hour spent sitting around watching television reduces life expectancy by about 22 minutes, while a single cigarette shaves 11 minutes off of the smoker’s life.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Metabolic Syndrome: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

bigstock-Diabetes-Just-Ahead-Green-Road-29966219According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of Americans over the age of 20 have Metabolic Syndrome. That’s a huge number, and it’s becoming more and more prevalent. But what is it?

Metabolic Syndrome is a group of medical disorders that, when taken together, increase the risk of developing chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. In 1988, researchers coined the term “Syndrome X” to describe this grouping of symptoms that are centered on insulin resistance, which often leads to type 2 diabetes. Syndrome X is now also referred to as Metabolic Syndrome.

This condition is characterized by three or more of the following factors:

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Obesity, Yet Again

Albert Einstein is quoted to have said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

On September 18, 2012, the results of a Robert Woods Johnson funded study were released headlining that in 13 states “Adult obesity rates could exceed 60% by 2030”.

So why is this, a surprise?  How many studies do we need?  Anyone watching the epidemiology over the last 30 years would see the heat maps going from yellow to orange to red in most part of the United States.

No pun intended, but identifying the 800 pound gorilla in the room is insufficient.  Many Americans have grown comfortable with their 800 pound friend.  Think of the euphemisms: “love handles”, “pot belly”, etc.  We need straight talk, not generalities.  We need to tell the diabetic, “Choose blindness, loss of kidney function and stroke or 10 more years of useful life!”  Chronic illness is subtle and nasty.  It’s about the grim reaper approaching from the future, only to be discovered when it’s too late.

In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to legislate lifestyle behavior by limiting soda consumption to less than 16 ounces a pop.  Good luck with that.  These are public spectacles.  They are distractions.  Bloomberg’s actions are like the man on the beach facing the tsunami.

It’s long been established that obesity is a primary driver of chronic illness and disease of all types.  It would be far more productive to focus more communications from headline grabbing sensationalism to the action items required to save lives.  Children learn from adults so, Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Health of Our Nation

I was listening to the news on the radio yesterday and a team of doctors were discussing the cost of “Obamacare” and if Americans can only get healthier the cost of healthcare would go down….I thought what an eye opening earth shattering statement that many of us have been saying for 2-3 decades now. Its amazes me that it takes a polarizing law like this that had to go to the Supreme Court before our medical professionals started to talk about the cost of chronic illness. One statement made on the program was that doctors have done a bad job preventing Type II Diabetes and Obesity, two very costly and highly preventable chronic illnesses. The point here is that prevention is not part of the medical model…..sick care and health care are two very different things. I thank God for our medical providers who save lives every day and that is sick care but the time has come to better define “health” care and the fact that on this same radio program it was very clear that the immediate treatment they suggested for the Type II Diabetes and Obesity epidemics was Gastric Bypass Surgery…..$20-25k a pop and this was the medical solution….period. We must be careful with this logic seeing how we have gone through the decades of surgical procedures that were supposed to “cure” situations from tonsillectomies to hysterectomies and now gastric bypass. The right intention may be in their heart but the simple Lifestyle Modifications through Functional Medicine is right here right now. Spread the word and let’s take back the health of our nation which we have carelessly ignored.

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.