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The World's Increasing Weight Problem


Over the years weight and obesity* has become an increasing concern in America. However, a recent study shows that this issue spreads beyond our borders. 

The recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet, gives a comprehensive look at obesity around the world and the results are universally the same: obesity is rising. The study analyzed 188 countries and it took a look at obesity rates from 1980-2013. During that time, they found that the obesity rate rose 8 percent for both men (from 29 to 37 percent) and women (from 30 to 38 percent). Also, overweight* and obesity rates increased in children and adolescents by almost 50 percent, with the increases primarily occurring in developed countries. 

 Even with the obesity increasing around the world, the United States continues to contribute most to the rising rate with 13 percent of its population, or 87 million, being obese. However, they are a couple of silver linings that we can consider. For one, developed countries such as the United States have seen their pace of obesity slowed recently, and our physical activity levels are increasing. With and increased activity rate and better dieting methods maybe we'll be able to be one of the few (or the first) countries to decrease the rate in the future.

For more information on the study, click here.

*Overweight- Body Mass Index (BMI), or weight-to-height ratio, greater than or equal to 25 and lower than 30.

*Obese- BMI equal or greater than 30.

Links: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, USA Today


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Add Flavor, Not Calories


In an effort to make our food taste as good as possible, we sometimes add unnecessary calories to our meals. Oils, dressings, and sauces certainly can liven up a meal, but it comes with a price. Calories and fat are staples in those types of items, making a potentially healthy meal, a meal that could add pounds that you don’t want.

Here are some ways to spice up the flavor of your meals while still maintaining a healthy diet:

Lemon Juice- Lemon Juice adds a zesty taste to your meal and goes well with salads or chicken dishes. Also, if you are thirsty but looking for some flavor, instead of reaching for the bottle of sugary juice, just add some lemon juice to a glass of water.

Herbs- For the most part herbs are extremely low in calories (<1 per tablespoon), but they pack a lot of flavor. Herbs like Rosemary, Basil, and Dill are ideal for salads and are healthier alternatives for the creamy dressings you may use, and could also add to the presentation of your dish.

Fresh Ginger- At only two calories per teaspoon, ginger has a unique blend of spice, flavor, and zest. Many times we find ourselves using it only when it accompanies our sushi meal, but it’s capable of so much more! Ginger can be used in your dessert, marinade, or juice, and its versatility extends to being used for medicine to treat upset stomachs, nausea, and other digestive issues.

Cinnamon- Cinnamon is great for adding to snacks and drinks. Top off your coffee, yogurt, nuts, or oatmeal with cinnamon to add the flavor you’re looking for without the calories. Cinnamon has two calories per teaspoon but more times than not, you won’t even need to use that much.

These are just a few of the many alternatives there are for adding flavor to your meal but not the calories. Never be afraid to experiment with different spices and flavors in order to find what you like best, as well as what you probably should stay away from. If you have any additional ways to add flavor to your meal feel free to add them in the box below!

Links: health.comthekitchn.com


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Robard Featured on CBN News

See our New Direction products at work!  CBN News recently featured John Blair, a patient at one of our providers, Bon Secours Weight Institute, and his weight loss journey. This video gives you a comprehensive look at a medically-supervised weight loss program using Robard’s New Direction meal replacement products, from the initial meal plan to what to do (and eat) to keep the weight off.

Enjoy, and if you have any questions about Robard’s New Direction products or anything else Robard has to offer feel free to leave a comment in the box below! Also, if you would like to find a medical provider that offers a weight loss program in your area, fill out our Find a Clinic form and we will find a center that is nearest you.


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