Thursday, January 21, 2010

Americans Need to Jump Back on the Treadmill

Weight loss is one way to treat sleep apnea. Unfortunately, Americans are exercising less than they were a year ago.

A New Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey found that Americans exercised less in 2009 than in 2008. Read more at WebMD.

The percentage of Americans saying they exercised for at least 30 minutes one day or more per week decreased. These results come from more than 350,000 phone surveys that were given each year.

An estimated 68 percent of people agreed with this statement in 2009. This number is down one percent from 2008.

These results come from more than 350,000 phone surveys that were given each year.

But there may be hope for the next generation of Americans.

A new task force found that early intervention can help obese teens and children lose their extra pounds.

The group is called the Early Intervention, Treatment Effective, Task Force. Its members reviewed 20 studies that have come out since 2005. The studies included more than 1,000 children.

The studies showed that children who went through obesity screening programs and behavioral treatment programs decreased their weight over time.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published guidelines for physicians. These guidelines recommend placing obese children on a controlled weight-loss regimen. Participants will undergo a strict diet, rigorous activity and behavior counseling.

The new guidelines are a departure from the task force's conclusion five years ago that pediatric obesity programs offer few benefits.

The task force said that newer studies show that these programs do help.

The programs could be costly and hard to monitor, but they might help reverse the rise in obesity. Obesity increases a person’s risk for sleep apnea and many other conditions. So the sooner these programs get started the better.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that people with sleep apnea combine weight loss with oral appliance therapy or CPAP.

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