here Dance Fitness to Help Kick Adult Obesity
Monday, January 9th, 2012
Unfortunately, it is widely known and true that Americans are getting bigger and bigger each day and, due to weight gain, diseases such as diabetes are on the rise. While the economy is down and everyone seems to be working harder or working hard to get work, we musn’t forget about our bodies. Exercise is necessary, especially if you’re having a bad day – let out some endorphins and sweat out some frustration.
Studio 180 offers a slew of adult fitness classes. Whether you want to dance or work out in a dance outline, we have classes to help keep your heart and mind healthy. Even if 1 class a week is all you can afford, here’s why you should still go for it:
1. One class is better than nothing (and more than 1 is even better)!
2. Since dance needs practice, you can take your choreography or exercises home to work on while waiting for the next week’s class.
3. You don’t think about the fact that you’re exercising – especially for people who have been out of the game for a while, you will forget your working so hard because you’ll be thinking about the choreography (no treadmills here).
4. Studio 180 offers a welcoming environment with all different shapes, sizes, endurances and levels but all with enthusiasm. Our students are supportive of each other and we, as teachers, love the adult companionship!
5. Check out the following statistics from http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/advocacy/governmentRelations/upload/FasinFat2011.pdf:
Adult Obesity Rates and Trends (2008-2010)
• Adult obesity rates rose in 16 states over the past year. No state decreased.
• Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent.
• Obesity rates exceed 25 percent in more than two-thirds of states (38 states).
• Obesity rates rose for a second year in a row in six states (Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Rhode Island, and Texas) and rose for a third year in a row in five states (Florida, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma, and Vermont).
• Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.4 percent. Colorado had the lowest rate at 19.8 percent and is the only state with a rate below 20 percent.
• Obesity and obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension continue to remain the highest in the South. Except for Michigan, the top 10 most obese states in the country are all in the South. In addition, nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of diabetes and physical inactivity are in the South, as are the 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension. Northeastern and Western states continue to have the lowest obesity rates.
• Adult diabetes rates increased in 11 states and Washington, D.C. in the past year. In eight states, more than 10 percent of adults now have type 2 diabetes.
• The number of adults who report they do not engage in any physical activity rose in 14 states in the past year. Two states (California and Texas) saw a decline in adult physical inactivity levels.
• Obesity increased for men in nine states, and for women in ten states, and decreased for women in one state (Nevada).
• Those who did not graduate high school have the highest rates of obesity (32.8 percent). Those who graduated high school but did not go on to college or a technical school have the second highest obesity rate (30.4 percent), and those who went to college/technical school had an obesity rate of 29.6 percent. Those who graduate from college/technical school had the lowest obesity rate (21.5 percent).
• Households that make less than $15,000 have a 33.8 percent obesity rate. They are followed closely by households that make between $15,000 and $25,000 (31.8 percent), $25,000 and $35,000 (29.7 percent) and $35,000 and $50,000 (29.5 percent). However, households that have an income above $50,000 have a 24.6 percent obesity rate.
Changes in Adult Obesity, Overweight, Diabetes, and Hypertension Over Time
• Twenty years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. Fifteen years ago, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate, at 19.4 percent, which is lower than the lowest ranking state today, (Colorado at 19.8 percent).
• Twenty years ago, the state with the highest combined obesity and overweight rate was 49 percent. Ten years ago, only two states had a combined rate above 60 percent. Now, the lowest rate is 54.8 percent, and 44 states are above 60 percent.
• Twenty years ago, 37 states had hypertension rates over 20 percent. Now, every state is over 20 percent, with nine over 30 percent.
• Over the past 15 years, seven states have doubled their rate of obesity. Another 10 states nearly doubled their obesity rate, with increases of at least 90 percent. And 22 more states saw obesity rates increase by at least 80 percent.
• Since 1995, obesity rates have grown the fastest in Oklahoma, Alabama, and Tennessee, and have grown the slowest in Washington, D.C., Colorado, and Connecticut.
• Over the past 15 years, diabetes rates have doubled in ten states. In 1995, only four states had diabetes rates above six percent. Now, 42 states and Washington, D.C. have diabetes rates over seven percent and 31 states and Washington, D.C. have rates above eight percent.
• Ten years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 24 percent, and now 43 states have higher obesity rates than the state that was the highest in 2000.