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Obesity-related co-morbid health conditions are the second leading cause of preventable death, following tobacco use. One-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese, and the dramatic rise in the prevalence of pediatric obesity has been predicted to lead to a decline in overall life expectancy. Obese children are at high risk for dyslipidemia, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Obese children are also more likely to suffer from obesity as adults. Given the large number of children who are overweight or obese, there is an overwhelming need for effective treatment for overweight and obese children.
You’ve come to the right place! The Sleep, Eat, Exercise campaign is part of the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus’ Healthy Monday program, which uses Monday as the day of the week dedicated to increase health awareness and action. People view Monday as a day for a fresh start and are more likely to starts diets and exercise regimes, quit smoking and schedule doctor’s appointments on Monday than any other day. And a Monday start helps them carry out their healthy intentions for the week. It’s part of the Healthy Monday movement, a national network of health advocacy organizations, government agencies, hospitals, health and fitness facilities, schools, businesses, and individuals are rallying together to make Monday the start of a healthier life.
The idea for the development of a measure of “health expectancy” (the partitioning of the demographic measure of life expectancy into healthy and non-healthy years of life) originated with a report published in 1969 by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The report noted that both good health and long life are fundamental objectives of human activity, but that despite the substantial rise in life expectancy in the 20th century the overall health status of the population was unknown. In fact, it was recognized that accompanying the rise in life expectancy was the emergence of chronic diseases – thus raising concerns about the future health status of the population if death rates continued to decline.
Although lacking a neat explanation, calorie restriction is one of the most promising avenues for improving health and how long it lasts in our lives. There was nothing in what we saw that made us think caloric restriction doesn’t work in people,â€ says Roberts, from the Calerie trial. And, unlike drug-based treatments, it doesn’t come with a long list of possible side effects. Our people were not hungrier, their mood was fine, their sexual function was fine. We looked pretty hard for bad things and didn’t find them,â€ says Roberts.