Charlotte, NC, May 28, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- By now most people know about the prevalence of obesity in the United States. Two out of every three Americans are either overweight or obese. However, did you know that the number of “morbidly obese” Americans has quadrupled in the last 30 years? How do you know if you are obese, severely obese, or morbidly obese? Obesity is defined by having a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 30. Severe obesity is defined by having a BMI over 35, and morbid obesity is defined by having a BMI greater than 40. For example, the average man with a BMI of 40 in one study was 5-foot-10 and 300 pounds, while the average woman was 5-foot-four and 250 pounds.
This extreme level of obesity is associated with various diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, Cancer, and Osteoarthritis. Morbid obesity is even more likely to affect someone’s life expectancy than being categorized as obese. Having a BMI between 30 and 35 (“obese”) decreases life expectancy between 2 to 4 years, while having a BMI over 40 (“morbidly obese”) decreases life expectancy by 10 years.
What factors are involved in the cause of obesity? Sedentary lifestyle, diet, and heredity are three causes of obesity. Adopting a healthy lifestyle by exercising on a regular basis and getting educated on what foods to eat and avoid are two ways to tackle the problem. Most people need direction on what type of exercise to adopt and how frequently they should do it. So as some have experienced, just joining the gym doesn’t always work without knowing what to do or having someone to help motivate them to stick with a program.
For those who are obese or especially those who are morbidly obese, the gym can be intimidating. Even the thought of joining into a group class is just too frightening for someone who feels that they might not fit in, and their weight has paid a toll on their self-confidence. They are “stuck.” They can continue down the path of doing nothing, for lack of motivation or knowledge of what to do, or swallow their pride and venture out into an environment that can be extremely intimidating and discouraging. Sadly, most people choose the former, and months or years fly by with their weight only getting worse as they age. What are the alternatives?
Personal trainer Julie Sawyer states that she has a solution. She is the owner of a small group personal training program that works with people of all ages and sizes. Julie has taken on a new mission to help 20 people in the SW Charlotte area and Fort Mill area lose 100 or more pounds. This diminutive personal trainer with a big heart explains, “I’m excited about offering this scholarship program for the community because obesity is taking a huge chunk out of people’s wallets, and it is reducing many people’s quality of life. I believe this program will be monumental in changing people’s lives and their future. My mission is to have a positive impact on the health of families in our community.”
Julie’s “Lose-A-Ton” program is offering free scholarships for a handful of people who qualify for this new, unprecedented program, specifically targeted for those who are classified as morbidly obese. The “Lose-A-Ton” program is designed for getting results over 12 months and will offer an incentive of more free training after 12 months for anyone who loses over 50 pounds. This program is offered through FIT of Charlotte, located inside of Club Fitness in the Steele Creek area.
The interview process will start in June and will determine which candidates qualify for the scholarship program. To be eligible, you must be classified as morbidly obese, and you must be willing to participate in three 30 minute group workouts per week for a year. Additional coaching on nutrition and what to do outside of class will be offered as well. Those who are interested can apply by emailing Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-984-0714.
FIT of Charlotte is a small group personal training program that offers 30 minute full-body strength training workouts to help women and men lose fat, flatten their stomachs, and firm up their arms, hips, and thighs. For more info, go to www.fitofcharlotte.com.