• Obesity Is Now Officially A Disease

    Posted on June 24, 2013 by Elaine in Thoughts and Musings.

    A few days ago, the American Medical Assocation (AMA) officially designated obesity as a disease.

    What this means is that doctors can now bill for obesity to healthcare companies, and patients can get coverage for treatment for being overweight.

    Read more on articles at the end of this blog post.

    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 3 Americans can officially be classified as obese.

    Usually the Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to categorize whether or not you are obese.  If you have a BMI over 28, you are considered obese.   Some say the BMI measurement is too imprecise.   And so blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol goals are also taken into consideration.While most people see this as a big win,  others are fearful that doctors may over-treat and over-prescribe diet and weight loss pills to “treat” the disease.

    This was one interesting topic I discussed with fellow attendees to a private event yesterday at a beautiful home in Brentwood.  Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents the 50th Assembly District for Santa Monica.

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    Another interesting topic of discussion was on the California GMO labeling proposition that was denied.  Genetically modified foods don’t officially require labeling.  And getting the USDA approval for non-GMO labeling is not easy.

    It was so refreshing to meet so many people interested in the health of our community and our kids and actually doing something about it.   One man I met showed me some amazing towers of gardens that is on the roof of his office building in Santa Monica.  About 7 feet tall these towers allow city dwellers to grow their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs without requiring the expensive land space of a garden or farm.

    Finally, have any of you tried the new Instagram video function?  It’s Facebook’s answer to Twitter’s popular Vine app and was officially announced last Thursday.  I’m experimenting with ways to inspire and motivate my Instagram followers with this new function. :)

    I will leave you with my first video for some healthy food inspiration:  :)

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    And here’s the original Instagram photo… breakfast of champions!

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