TORONTO--(Marketwire - Jul 10, 2012) - USA Today reports that the American Medical Association (AMA) has endorsed efforts to provide annual education regarding obesity to students in public schools. The legislation that the AMA supports would require students to take classes that explain the causes, consequences, and prevention measures associated with obesity from grades one through 12. To keep these classes running, healthcare professionals are being encouraged to donate their time. Slimband, a surgical weight loss program based in Canada, believes this to be a wonderful new development in obesity prevention.
According to the previously cited article, the AMA is looking for new ways to reduce the rate of obesity. From educational offerings to taxes on sodas, the organization is considering a variety of ways to improve the health of the country; however, the AMA has decided that educating the population regarding the dangers and consequences of obesity is the best way to promote healthy lifestyles.
The legislation cited above was written by an AMA delegation in Pennsylvania, which "cited data showing that more than 300 million people worldwide are obese and said requiring nutrition education to prevent obesity has never been proposed."
Slimband has released a statement regarding its stance on obesity education: "We applaud the decision of the American Medical Association (AMA) to support classes on obesity awareness for school aged children. Obesity is a deadly disease that affects a growing number of North Americans and has been shown to have a close association with other conditions, such as sleep apnea, diabetes, and heart disease. Early education on obesity will help to raise a generation of children that will take ownership of their health and weight. Here at Slimband, we are very proud when associations and governments take a stand against obesity. We know that over 300 million people worldwide are obese; it is not something we want to see in the lives of our children or our children's children. Early education regarding obesity is absolutely essential for this reason."
The article reports that over one-third of the population of adults is affected by obesity in the United States of America. One in five children is also affected by the epidemic, which translates into 12 million kids in need of assistance to create a healthier lifestyle in the U.S. The obesity epidemic is also prevalent in Canada, with statistics closely following those in the U.S. Because obesity is correlated with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, the AMA feels as though prevention through education is the best way to improve the overall health of the nation.
Slimband is North America's premier weight loss group, specializing in reversible laparoscopic weight loss surgery with a unique five-year aftercare program that includes nutritional counseling and coaching. Clients benefit from safe, long-lasting weight loss, increased energy levels, and, in many cases, the control or elimination of weight-aggravated conditions like sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. Slimband has helped more than 5,500 patients realize their dream of losing excess weight and feeling their best.