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Obesity has been recognized as a serious health challenge, and strategies for prevention and treatment of obesity are a high public health priority. The increasing rate of individuals who are overweight and obese is a concern due to the increased health risks such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and various forms of cancer.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States where over 33% of adults are overweight (Body Mass Index >25kg/m2) and 32% are obese (Body Mass Index >30kg/m2). The present measurement determining the definition of overweight and obese are defined on the basis of body mass index (BMI). A healthy BMI is classified as 18.5 to 25 kg/m2 with overweight being identified as 25˝29.9 kg/m2 and obesity is a BMI >30 kg/m2. For more information on BMI and to determine your BMI, go to the Weight Control Information Network.

Physical activity has been shown to have dramatic effects on weight loss and disease prevention; therefore, should be an integral part of a weight-loss program. Studies demonstrate that exercise alone can have a significant impact on body weight when maintained for 12 months. However, often times the combination of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes are required to produce greater long-term results.

What is the physical therapistÝs treatment role in individuals who are overweight?
Individuals who are overweight or obese may be at an increased risk of injury from an improper exercise plan due to excessive joint stresses, limited mobility and flexibility. One Step Ahead Physical Therapy can play a key role in developing proper exercise programs and instructing individuals on the correct choice of exercise, proper form and safe exercise progression.

At One Step Ahead Physical Therapy each person receives an individualized evaluation and treatment plan with appropriate goal setting. Treatment often consists of aerobic, resistive, flexibility activities which will be integrated with a home program. Consistent performance of the prescribed exercises is a vital part of the treatment plan and patient success. Sessions tend to be 30 to 60 minutes, one to two times a week for six to eight weeks. However, treatment times and length of time in therapy vary.

If you feel that you may benefit from our program, speak with your physician about obtaining a referral for physical therapy. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call or email One Step Ahead Physical Therapy.


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