It’s our weight.
Today, more than one out of every three U.S. adults are obese and this number is rising every year. Obesity-related conditions are reaching epidemic levels and include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion (yes, with a “B”).
As people struggle to find ways to reduce and then maintain a healthy weight, acupuncture for weight loss has shown promising effects and could be a key to stemming this rising tide.
In fact, a 2009 review article published in the International Journal of Obesity analyzed 31 different studies of acupuncture for weight loss and the treatment of obesity and looked at its effects for more than 3,000 people. The results showed that people that used acupuncture for weight loss or to treat obesity had a significant reduction of average body weight, compared to placebo or sham treatments.
Exercise and a healthy diet are still the foundation for reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, but traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are emerging as effective, non-pharmaceutical methods that could help countless Americans in their own personal “battle of the bulge.”