Acupuncture and Weight

There has not been significant change in the prevalence of overweight in the U.S., with data from 2009-2010 indicating that about one in three adults and one in six children and teens are obese; however, there have been increases in certain demographics, according to two JAMA studies. As a holistic therapy, acupuncture effectively addresses both the psychological and physical aspects of weight loss.

Researchers analyzed data from the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to determine rates of overweight and obesity in the U.S. In the analysis for overweight prevalence among adults data was compared with that for 1999-2008, with measured heights and weights for 28,773 adults.

In 2009-2010, the obesity prevalence was 35.7 percent. Among men, the prevalence was 35.5 percent. There were significant increases in obesity for men over the period 1999-2010. For women, the prevalence of obesity was 35.8 percent. Over the period from 1999 through 2010, there was no significant increase among women overall, but increases were significant for non-Hispanic black women and Mexican American women.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity combined was 68.8 percent overall, 73.9 percent among men, and 63.7 percent among women. Among children and teens, prevalence of overweight and obesity was 31.8 percent.

Health risks of being overweight:

  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Metabolic syndrome.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Osteoarthritis.

For individuals who have tried to lose weight unsuccessfully, acupuncture can aid in losing weight and in maintaining weight loss. When combined with the essential components of exercise and a reduced calorie diet, acupuncture can suppress appetite and minimize overeating, binging and compulsive eating. Call the AMC Clinic today to learn more about acupuncture for weight loss.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.
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