By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Other | Issue: January 2013
Malissa Spacek of BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center.
Malissa Spacek of BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center has strong concerns over the grim outlook concerning Oklahoma’s obesity percentage, which was at an alarming rate of 31.4 percent in 2012, up from 30.4 percent just one year prior. The national obesity rate is 35.7 percent. “This is a crucial and dangerous issue, but the great thing is that this is something we can do something about.”
To show faith in this last statement, BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center is initiating its 2013 90-Day Weight Loss Challenge. Clients who begin the medically supervised program in January, which includes an initial visit and evaluation with lab tests, will be weighed at the beginning and end of 90 days. Winners will be determined by most pounds lost as a percentage of body weight. The three finalists will receive prizes which will include a makeover from Anna Christy’s Aveda Salon, personal training from Buster Brown, gift certificates from Legends Bicycles and Kay’s Gifts, and The Liquid Face Lift.
Weight loss is accomplished by creating new, healthy habits, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, increasing physical activity, and decreasing one’s consumption of sugary drinks and high energy dense, high calorie foods.
Weight loss often increases one’s confidence and self esteem, but combating obesity is important for far more than cosmetic reasons. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity is related to a whole host of health problems and diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers (including endometrial, breast and colon), high cholesterol, sleep apnea and other respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, reproductive health complications, and some mental health conditions like depression. Therefore it is no surprise that the costs of obesity reported by the CDC are staggering. For example, in 2008, it is estimated that obesity-related health issues cost U.S. adults an approximate $147 billion, which averaged a cost of around $1,400 per obese person.
With these risks and costs taken into consideration, any cost involved with entering a medically supervised weight loss program like the 90-Day Weight Loss Challenge seems minimal. One could consider this to be an investment in a happier, healthier future. As Malissa says, “As soon as people start to lose weight, their bodies start to function properly because the body is going back to where it is supposed to be, and at a healthy weight that body is likely to last longer.”