The Importance Of Support

Numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics show that as recently as 2009 the rate of obesity in children and adults has double and then some since the 1970’s. This translates into an America with more than two-thirds of the population falling into the categories of overweight or obese.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in the 2011-2012 year approximately 35.1 percent of adults over the age of 20 are considered obese. During this same time frame it was also found that around 69 percent of adults of the same age are considered over weight. This number also accounts for those who fall under the obese category.

A report from Reuters showed that obesity is now costing 190 billion dollars a year and has now surpassed smoking as the highest costing health issues faced in our nation.

Clearly, we have a problem of epidemic proportions. Overweight and obese individuals face secondary health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, joint issues, and more. They often face a stigma because of their excess weight thoughtlessly labeling them as lazy, something that couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you fall into the obese category and are feeling overwhelmed and isolated, you are not alone. But there is help! Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute exists to give you vital health information and assist you on your road to healing and well being. We know choosing bariatric surgery is a huge decision but we have the tools, expertise, and compassion to help you make that decision.

For those of you who are attempting weight loss on your own, did you know that your success could hinge on your support network? You don’t have to walk the road to weight loss alone and studies have shown the effectiveness of accountability and social support as a means to success. Here are a few ways to utilize those around you, even in the online world, for support:

Make your desires known

Put it out there! Let others know your goals and ask them to help keep you accountable. If you are planning to get some exercise in later in the day ask someone to call, text, tweet, or send you a Facebook message to remind you!

Follow fitness stars

Many fitness and diet gurus have their own websites, twitter accounts, Facebook page’s and more. If you are tech savvy link up and get advice and tips.

Start a blog

Chronicling your journey can give you perspective on all your hard work and how far you have come. It could also connect you to others who are doing the same.

Bottom Line: Merritt Island weight loss is challenging and support is key to long term success. Align yourself with likeminded individuals who are supportive and can provide you with encouragement.