From the time we were children, we were always told that everyone comes in different shapes and sizes. Some people are shorter, taller, bigger, or smaller. However, there are also limits for the human body and how much we can push it when it comes to weight and, overall, body mass.
More than twenty-seven percent of both male and female seniors and elders are considered obese (American Health Rankings, 2017). This is solely for seniors in the US, excluding other countries. Obesity has been an ongoing global problem, causing multiple of health complications. Although obesity can be heredity, it becomes hazardous when it becomes life-threatening which happens with many people, including children. Some health concerns that commonly arise from obesity are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, and gout.
The health concerns list can go on, however, there are ways to prevent obesity. It truly does start at one’s home and how much exercise they are or are not getting, as well as what they are eating and even drinking. Some things that our caregivers here at A-1 Home Care agency assist our seniors, who might be struggling with obesity are, with:
- Meal preparation, including portion control.
- Making sure that fruits, veggies, protein, and low amount of carbs are included in meals.
- Getting movement, whether that is doing stretches, going for a walk, or doing yoga
- Getting enough sleep and rest (you would be amazed what a full night’s of rest, which is around 8-9 hours, can do for the human body and its weight).
If you would like to hear more about our twenty-four in-home care services, including companionship, then be sure to give us a call at 562-929-8400 or 714-523-4010. You can also visit our website to locate the nearest branch to your city www.a-1homecare.com.