BMI top concern: coping with an uncertain future. It is now realized that a BMI is connected to future health events. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. This isn’t the only measure of a healthy weight, but it is potentially a fast and easy way to tell.
Higher BMI in the teenage years is linked to earlier occurrence of diabetes and heart disease as a young adult. This is according to a study that followed 37, 000 Israeli army personnel for 17 years. The long reach of weight in the teen years seems to influence and result in the gradually increasing atherosclerosis. This narrows the arteries with plaque build-up.
The surprising thing about this study was that the results were derived from BMI scores that were still well in the normal range. What is uncertain is the way we focus on losing weight as a way to manage future health problems. This isn’t an open and shut case to turn around any future health consequences. This study suggests that becoming a lean adult will not eliminate all risks for developing diseases. While it practically eliminates the risk of developing diabetes it still leaves one with a higher risk of developing heart disease. This means that an overweight teen will have some risk even upon becoming a lean adult.
Not a Surprising Risk
This shouldn’t be surprising since a baby has an increased risk of obesity and diseases just by what the mother eats while pregnant. This now extents to the time before conception, and includes what the father’s diet is like.
Prevention begins way before the teen years. The bigger we get the more we will act in haste to avert disaster. We need to manage risks before we have to make tough decisions. We have to change the way we think. Reflecting on the broader implications of weight management means to nourish and nurture by means of diet.
There is a direct connection to scaling back on packaged food and reverting to whole foods. We are facing key challenges while food manufacturers flex their marketing muscle. Their products boast self space, functionality and ingenuity. What they aren’t a fresh-cut above nature. For the food industry the interest is primarily in packaging and your wallet. It seems the packaging is disposable and so is the public.
There isn’t a real second chance given by loosing the extra weight. The seeds of change start with clarifying the challenge, which may not be loosing the weight as much as not putting it on in the first place.
An international study, led by the university of Southampton researchers has shown that a mother’s diet during pregnancy can alter the function of the child’s DNA. The study shows that this process called epigenetic change, can lead to the child tending to lay down more fat.
It is recognized fact prevention is easier than recovery. In almost all chronic conditions is recognized that prevention is the key. Well in obesity the same is true. The driving force behind optimal weight should be to in place before it’s needed.