Who do you think will benefit the most now that physicians voted overwhelmingly to label obesity as a disease that requires a range of interventions to advance treatment and prevention? Is it the drug companies, the physicians or is it the insurance companies? Although policies adopted by the House of Delegates have no legal standing, decisions are often referenced in influencing governmental bodies. This decision could have implications for provider reimbursement, public policy, patient stigma, and International Classification of Diseases coding.
“Obesity is a pathophysiologic disease. There is a treatment for this disease; it involves behavioral modifications, medications, and surgeons. Obesity affects minorities disproportionately,” said Jonathan Leffert, MD, alternate delegate for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. “The scientific evidence is overwhelming.
“There’s new hope for heavy people desperate to lose weight. Many insurers are stepping up their coverage of obesity.
Is President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) wrong to ask for more screening and counseling for obesity covered under a preventive services benefit? One in 3 Americans are 35 pounds overweight which is a BMI of 30 or above. Obamacare will essentially force Americans to lose weight through incentives provided by employers and insurance corporations. By law, beginning in January 2014, you can be grandfathered into the program that develops plans to combat obesity with severe monitoring of your body mass index (BMI). This information will dictate how you are dealt with and what medical care services you are eligible for. Now that the American Medical Association (AMA) determined that obesity is a disease, and not a condition that you are able to control, do you believe that simply being obese means you have a disease? Does having the obesity disease mean you have to take new drugs to cure it?
Some insurance companies have helped obese patients fight fat for years. They’ve offered weight-loss and wellness programs at businesses, schools and in communities. Some have paid for prescription obesity medications and even covered expensive bariatric surgeries, including gastric bypass.
But now most insurance plans are required to help obese patients try to lose weight under President Obama’s health care law. Exactly how they do it is up to the individual plans.
You just never know where love is hiding. Holding on to two passions in her life; her workout routine and her man, Kecia Kelly found love in a place that she referred to as her sanctuary. Where? Of all places, the GYM!
She was a 35-year-old newly divorced mother of 2 sweet little boys. Although beautiful, courageous, and confident as a woman in her own right, she still felt very sad, ashamed and alone as a self-proclaimed divorce statistic.
“My first marriage had failed and here I was left alone to raise two little boys into men. I remember bracing myself for my life as a single mother. Surely, no one would want to be with me, she said. “I did not feel like I deserved to be happy, ever again. In my mind, I was damaged goods.”
Spending her usual evening time in her sanctuary (gym) after having an extremely difficult day, along came a man who reminded her of something for that moment she really needed to hear. ”I just want you to know that I think you are beautiful,” he spoke softly as he briefly introduced himself and also respectful of her alone time, he continued on with his workout.
“Little did we both know that God had allowed our paths to cross. Little did we know that we both needed each other in our respective lives,” Kecia explained. “Together, and by the grace of God, we saved each other from ourselves.”
Kecia found love doing something that she loved and in a place that she sought as refuge for clearing her mind. Sometimes exercising your thoughts and emotions is just as important as exercising your body. Today, Kecia says she is happy to celebrate 7 years with her best friend and the best workout partner you can ever have in the entire world–Bryan Kelly. Bryan not only chose to love and cherish her as his wife, he extended his love to her two little boys and vowed to help her raise them into the wonderful young men they will become one day. Kecia says proudly, “I could not have asked for a better husband, father, lover, and friend.”
Diamond Dixon of Warner Robins, GA was once carrying around a weighted feeling of depression due to both a job loss and property loss. “I was in a very dark place; I was drinking too much, partying too much and just plain miserable, she said. “It is amazing how one event in your life can change that around.” Her life began to change for the better once she embarked on a new journey defining the weight loss experience as a trip or expedition from one place to another. She did not just lose weight, she changed her life.
“The church that I attend in my town is huge on Health and Wellness, she explains. “This particular day they were giving free A1c testing. I wasn’t going to do it because I was afraid but this lady at church kept badgering me about it so I went. As I entered the room my heart was beating rapidly because I knew what I had been putting my body through. Thankfully, the test came back fine. However, as I was leaving I was still very bothered by the fact that I was, bothered about taking the test,” she said.
This was the first day of her new transformational journey. After being turned down for a Biggest Loser contest at a local gym, she decided to stick around and join the gym after speaking to a lady named Faith “Gymfeen” Womack.
“She gave me just the encouragement I needed as we were talking by her simply saying, ‘it’s OK.’ Those words stuck with me each and every time I went to the gym,” she says.
Dixon began her workouts slow with about 20 minutes cardio exercises or a Zumba class. She then began experimenting with a Clean Eating lifestyle and soon became comfortable with a more intense cardio routine by averaging 5- 10 miles per day on elliptical, cross trainer, and/or treadmill) and she says… “I SQUAT IT LIKE ITS HOT,” on a regular basis.
She also enjoys Yoga and keeps positive people around her. She says working with wonderful Black female trainers who offer fitness tips on a regular basis also keeps her motivated. She now focuses on eating more vegetables, fruit and lean proteins. She has a mock meal to stay consistent with her eating of a 4 oz. piece of steamed salmon, cauliflower, rice, steamed green beans and is drinking more water.
“By no means do I want anyone to think that this journey hasn’t had it’s hills and valleys because it definitely has, Dixon explains. “I have friends that don’t have huge weight problems and can eat as they like but I had to realize that I can’t. I learned not to measure my life against theirs. Words are so powerful so I began to read positive quotes and scriptures to help me through each day. This may seem small but this is one of the best things I could’ve done to lose weight.”
She says she made her faith in God her number one priority and that the journey isn’t just about her, it’s about a part of her life’s calling to help others that struggle as she has.
“Once I learned how to love Diamond, she says, “then I learned how to love everyone else. My creativity has broadened because of my weight loss. I am a jewelry designer and I can see more confidence in my work now. I use to constantly second guess myself but now I know that I can do anything. Last, but finally and not least, is my FB group called #Teamweightloss. This group of people looks to me to motivate them but they truly help make me be better. My final advice to anyone is to learn yourself. Weight loss is not measured by a diet pill or time period but rather by your willpower and sustainability. It is better to work towards being healthy than just being skinny. Once I wrapped my mind around this the pounds began to shed.”
If you would like to see more of Diamon Dixon’s journey please request her @Diamond D Dixon on Facebook and @ladydi31 on Instagram.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. It goes without saying that we are in an obesity crisis and can assume that if as responsible adults, better decision for our children must be made if we are going to break the obesity cycle. Candace Downs lived a life of an obese child well into her 20′s before realizing that a new journey may be worth lingering on for a while before getting to the destination.
“ Before embarking on this journey, she says, “ I lived my life as obese from childhood until my early 20′s. That’s 20 + years that I lived as an obese person. At the time, I was a 26-year-old that could barely bend down to tie her shoes without having to take a BIG deep breath.”
Before she set out on the brightly lit passages along the new journey, she could barely power walk let alone run. But she never gave up hope and never quit. “All of my life, she explains, “ I’ve watched many members of my family become sick and even die of Heart Disease and complications from having Diabetes. I decided that I wanted to live my life and be able to move around freely without the restrictions of weight.”
At her heaviest she was 270 lbs. With a healthy balance of good nutrition and exercising 5 to 6 days a week, today she can boast having lost a total of 151 lbs!
“ I am now going on 4 years as a Pilates Instructor. I am also a runner, clean eater and I have dedicated my life to spreading the word about health. She says, “If I can do it, you can do it! There is so much more for me to share about my journey. To Join Candace Downs for 2 FREE Pilates classes here http://www.meetup.com/Black-Women-Do-Workout/events/149781222/ follow her weight loss journey and to keep up with her speaking engagements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/icandiwellness, Instagram: candice_downs/Twitter: candice_downs
There is a sense of assertiveness and confidence that comes from carrying nicely toned arms that we affectionately call GUNS! No need to cower when you have friends like “Smith and Wesson” backing you up! Take the 2 Week Black Women Do Workout Gun Show Challenge and get ready for real Fire Power! Gun Show Entry Rules: This routine can be followed by anyone and there is no set start date! This challenge also includes CLEAN EATING on your rest days to help you get in the habit of eating healthier during your workouts. However, once you begin you must follow completely each day of the week for the next two weeks with no stopping! Who is in?
I know what you’re thinking. This whole clean eating things sounds nice and all, but what it also sounds like is that I’ll be stuck in the kitchen cooking for hours on end, right? Wrong! With a little planning, clean eating will mean nutritious (and quick) meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The key is to keep things streamlined and hassle-free by creating shopping lists for the week or month. Also try making meals in bulk and refrigerate/freeze them so that you can mix and match foods throughout the week. This way, you don’t have to spend a huge amount of time in the kitchen stressing out each day about what to eat. And for those of you gripe about healthy eating being more expensive, research actually shows that foods from convenience stores are less healthy and more expensive than a well-budgeted and planned out menu from items purchased in a grocery store. So the next time you hit the grocery store, remember the general rule of “eat it if it grew from the ground and if it had a mother.” Another great clean eating tip is to restrict your shopping to the perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where you’ll find most of the real, whole foods.
Give It A Shot
The whole concept of clean eating is pretty simple. So if you’re looking to lose weight, boost your energy levels, and just feel better overall, I’d highly recommend that you start trading in the processed stuff for more whole foods. I promise you, no one ever gets fat (or has difficulty losing weight) when their diet is crammed with things like water, vegetables, fruits, beans, and lean meats. But millions of people have blown up and will continue to balloon in size from drinking tons of sugary beverages and eating tons of the processed junk we call “food.” So just do yourself a huge favor now, and start eating as close to nature as possible. It really is one of the best moves you can make towards better health. Plus, clean eating is hands down the best “diet” for losing weight and keeping it off. – Doc
Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, author, owner of Dr. PhoenyxFitBody products, and creator of the fitness site, DrPhoenyx.com. Check out Dr. Phoenyx’s awesome natural hair care book If You Love It, It Will Grow – available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. And don’t forget to say hello to the Doc on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
Black Women Do Box at Title Boxing Club in Frisco, Texas with instructor Ahmed! What a great workout and yes it was challenging but a lot of fun! We took those hooks (“side” punches), jabs (straight forward punches) and upper-cuts (punches going upwards) combinations to the next level and got in a full body workout with our instructor.
It is not just about the arms but it is actually a great cardio work-out for the whole body. It’s especially good for toning your bottom and quadricep muscles, which is perfect for women who want to lose weight around their bottom and thighs.Weak wrists are probably the only thing that might present a problem however once you learn how to box properly, you shouldn’t be putting any unnecessary strain on your wrists. The aim of your punches is also important. Align your punches correctly and your knuckles should feel no pain. You can also wrap them with tape for extra support.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you should join us for our next event for a very high intensity workout that will keep you moving the whole time. When you’re not throwing a punch, you’re ducking and weaving — or doing squats and abdominal work. The benefits are awesome, weight loss, increased agility and coordination, muscle tone and greater fitness all result from boxing.
Melt fat, fast!
Combining martial arts techniques and heart-pumping cardio, kickboxing is a high-energy workout that is guaranteed to burn calories and fat.
“It’s an incredibly efficient workout. Kickboxing alone burns about 750 calories in an hour,” says Sammie Kennedy, CEO and creator of Femme Fitale, Ontario’s newest women’s-only kickboxing and mixed martial arts program (MMA). “Add in jump rope and conditioning drills, and you could burn anywhere from 750 to 900 calories in an hour.”
The cardio-conditioning element of kickboxing is one of the most effective ways to burn fat—especially that stubborn belly fat that’s associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology found aerobic exercise to be better at reducing belly fat than resistance training, by burning an average of 67 percent more calories.
With women’s boxing now a sport in the Summer Olympics, more and more women are getting into the ring. Find out what makes kickboxing such an amazing workout for women!