In the past twenty years obesity in the United States has elevated from a personal problem, to a country epidemic.
Bowie, MD (June 28, 2012)This epidemic effects children as young as 5 to increasing amounts of adults daily. It has been nationally reported that out off all the industrialized nations the United States has the highest rate of obesity. The CDC predicts that by 2030, 42% of Americans will be obese. From 1960-2006, the percentage of obese adults ages 20 years and older more than doubled, increasing from 13% to 35%. Among adults, overweight and obesity are associated with increased mortality rates, as well as elevated risks of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. According to the Office of Minority Health In 2010, African American women were 40% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.
The statistics are daunting but many people, systems and advances have been made to fight and combat this growing national epidemic.
In Bowie, MD, Danlel Silva ( C.P.T) and owner of Finally Fit Body Transformation System (http://finallyfitmd.com/) works with hundreds of women every week to sculpt muscles, felt body fat, and increase overall general health. Silva has committed his life work to helping men and women live better,feel better and look better through personalized exercise regimens, group bootcamps and nutritional workshops. “The biggest hurdle most of my clients struggle with is "TIME"...finding the time to fit a healthy lifestyle into today's hustle and bustle world is very hard. Time is most important because in order to make any type of change in ones life, they need to systematically implement the steps needed to reach the wanted results and with this implementation one does have to have a lot more time for each step” states Silva who works with and trains a majority African American clientele.
Silva implements a training philosophy that provides knowledge and motivation in a fun and welcoming environment for people of all fitness levels. “I think that fitness and healthy lifestyles just like any other billion dollar industry has several different messages that media sends to the consumer. I think that people are just so confused from all the different schools of thought and "gurus" that they are afraid to change any aspect of their lives when it comes to fitness or health. On the other hand though, with all of the issues that we see compounding the average American, people are really starting to pay more attention to their fitness and health levels (especially in the African American community). There is still a lot of companies that are benefiting off the ignorance of the average consumer, but there is a lot of good information out there. As a small fitness business, I spend the majority of my time sharing quality information with my clients as well as trying to find ways to separate myself from mega companies that are more concerned with the next dollar than they are really helping people transform their lives.” States Silva.
The fight against obesity will take full scale effort across all segments of society from schools, community, restaurants and even local governments. With individuals like Silva and his systematic approach his clients are one step closer to winning the fight.