Harvard study finds that overweight kids risk premature death.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (January 2, 2013 Boulder, Colorado). Overweight children most often become overweight adults. Sure, there are those who seek guidance or find inspiration and commit themselves to a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, those success stories are few and far between. The majority of obese children leave adolescence for an adult life already rife with health concerns. And, according to a study by Harvard’s School of Public Health, those lives often end prematurely.
The Harvard study – published by the Annals of Internal Medicine – evaluated the health habits and medical records of more than 100,000 women who had provided data through the Nurses’ Health Study (an ongoing federally financed study on women’s health issues) since 1989. Researchers found that those women who were overweight or obese at age 18 had a far greater risk of dying from cancer or heart disease before reaching middle age.
“Today, one-third of U.S. children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight,” said Dr. Daniel Knowles, D. C. when contacted about the study. “And, the Harvard research confirms that childhood obesity is a death sentence,“ added Knowles, whose chiropractic offices are located in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Daniel Knowles, D.C. serves Sherman college of chiropractic on its Board of Trustees. Dr. Richelle Knowles, D. C. serves the state of Colorado Board of chiropractic examiners.
“The physical and emotional strain on an overweight child is compounded by the type of behavior uncovered in this study. The obese youth were found less likely to exercise and more likely to have smoked and consumed alcohol. Let me be the master of the obvious, this is a recipe for a shorter life,” continued Knowles.
While the Harvard study did not establish whether permanent weight loss after age 18 decreases the risk of dying prematurely, Dr. Knowles urged parents and children to address their health regimen.
“Change the way you live, and you can alter the life path you currently travel,” noted Knowles. “I preach to my patients that chiropractic care is part of a maintenance program that includes proper diet, exercise and a healthy mental outlook. There is a reason that clichés become clichés. Treat your body like a temple, and that temple will stand for a long time,” he concluded.
Contact: Dr. Daniel Knowles, D.C.
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1715 15th St.
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Drs. Daniel & Richelle Knowles, D. C.