America is in a state of health emergency.

More than 60% of the U.S. adult population is overweight and over 25% are considered obese. One out of four children and adolescents are now considered overweight or obese and are quickly headed for a lifetime of chronic disease. We are far fatter than ever and the numbers continue to rise at a dreadfully high rate! Even more alarming is the fact that approximately 20% of the overweight Americans may not realize the need to lose excess body fat - because they physically "appear" to be of normal weight. Despite looking thin and having a normal weight, they have altered or unhealthy body composition. What is unhealthy body composition? Generally speaking, it refers to carrying too much fat in comparison to lean tissue (e.g., muscle). It is clear that activating healthy body composition is critically important to experiencing the joy that optimal health can bring. Look under News and Views for more on body composition.

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