Current fast food and sedentary living trends have led to a population health crisis. Today approximately 75% of Americans are at least overweight, and nearly 50% of American adults are obese . In addition, stress is reported to be the Health Epidemic of the 21st century, affecting nearly 67% of Americans .
Many people don’t know that 13 different types of cancer are associated with obesity. In addition, stress affects our immune system, and healthy immunity protects us from cancer. Other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are linked to obesity and/or stress, as well.
Maintenance of a healthy body weight with good nutrition and physical activity, matched to each individual’s age, preferences, and capabilities, is key to managing cancer risk, as well as preventing or reversing other diseases. In addition, healthy stress management with mindfulness-based practices can help improve wellbeing, health, and longevity.
Studies have shown that most people, without the support of a coach, will regain any weight they have lost, return to prior unhealthy habits, and revert to old ways of thinking and relating to life stressors .