As one progresses in age, he retreats in health or fitness. Though senior citizens are counseled to stay fit, it is barely the case. Numerous natural transformations occur in the body as it moves towards fragility.
For instance, the bones and muscles lose their potential reducing the stamina of the body, the kidneys and other internal organs start malfunctioning and the vigor of the skin recedes.
Obesity is a major epidemic in the United States and in other countries around the world.
In fact, 1/3 of US adults and 18% of kids and adolescents are obese and at risk for serious health complications. These can include Type 2 diabetes, joint problems, heart disease and can lead to premature death.
In addition to the serious health consequences, obesity has a substantial economic impact that affects the country as a whole. The estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related conditions was $190.2 billion in 2010. This equates to almost 21% of all annual medical spending in the United States, and the numbers only continue to rise year after year.
Like anyone else, the senior and aging population needs to address healthy weight management and to be aware how weight gain can cause problems for their health. Seniors are especially vulnerable because as we age our metabolism slows and weight gain becomes that much more of an issue.
There might be situations where you find someone you want to help but their needs are bigger than what you can provide on your own. Maybe it’s the financially struggling family who just lost everything in a fire or the homeless teen that needs a job and mentoring.
When you come across someone who could use a hand up, don’t despair and think you can’t possibly do anything. Instead, look for ways to invite your community to rally around the individual or family you want to help. By working as a team, you can change a life or even several lives for the better.