Declining human health and increasing economic cost in the U.S. from obesity compel commentary on obesity prevention.
In this investigative environmental health series, the possible contribution of home indoor allergen avoidance to obesity prevention will be reviewed.
Part 1 – Obesity prevalence and medical costs
Part 2 – Obesity prevention
Part 3 – Obesity prevention and allergic asthma
Part 4 – Allergic asthma and home indoor allergen avoidance
Part 5 – Obesity prevention and home indoor allergen avoidance
Part 6 – A forward looking obesity prevention strategy
Part 6 is the final installment. There are many points in Parts 1-5. However, before outlining a strategy for going forward, a summary is presented.
1. The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the U.S. is very high (Part 1).
2. At present, over 68% of American adults are either obese or overweight. Over 32% of children.
3. Approximately 10% of U.S. healthcare costs are for obesity-related illness (Part 1).
4. Obesity may lower U.S. life expectancy. (Part 5).
5. Healthcare reform must address obesity.
6. Practical obesity prevention requires diet and exercise (Part 2).
7. Allergic asthma often interferes with exercise (Part 3).
8. Asthmatics exercise less that people not suffering from asthma.
9. Prevalence of allergic asthma in obese people is up to twice that for non-obese (Part 5).
10. At present, over 92% of asthmatics are either overweight or obese.
11. Obese asthmatics are advised to get uncontrolled asthma controlled before exercise (Part 3).
12. Indoor allergen avoidance at home is a front line medical intervention.
13. Indoor allergen avoidance has a physician-directed role in asthma management (Part 4, Part 5).
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And now for proposed Strategy Recommendations (SR) for obesity prevention and home indoor allergen avoidance.
SR-1. Consult a physician and follow his or her advice before starting obesity prevention.
SR-2. Consume a diet for recommended nutrition and obesity prevention.
SR-3. Make regular exercise sufficient in duration an essential part of weekly activity.
SR-4. Implement ongoing indoor allergen avoidance programs at home.
SR-5. Tailor indoor avoidance programs at home to physician recommendations,
especially critical in homes with occupants afflicted with or at risk for
SR-6. All asthmatics should follows physician-generated exercise recommendations.
SR-7. Indoor allergen avoidance at home should be a life long effort,
implemented day by day.
SR-8. Obesity prevention should be a life long effort, implemented day by day.
Frank Hagie is the President & CEO of Allergen Safe Homes, a respiratory disease company. The business sells medically effective allergen avoidance products for the home. These are integrated health care services and medical devices for the more medically effective prevention and management of allergic asthma and respiratory allergies.