I just read a very interesting study done in the UK which broke obesity down into 6 categories. I thought the conclusions were worth looking at because it could help trainers and the individuals themselves come up with a more well-rounded approach to weight management.
If you are struggling with your weight (you do not have to be obese for these categories to apply), see if one of these profiles describes you!
As you will see, the needs of each of these groups differs.
Here are the six categories:
- Young males who are heavy drinkers— Though overweight, this group usually engages in some healthy behaviors (i.e. belonged to a gym or didn’t smoke). With the exception to their high alcohol intake, they reported above-average levels of walking.
COMMENT: We are all familiar with these guys right? For the most part, this group could pull itself out of the obese category by working on some self-control. The authors rightly recommended an alcohol reduction program
- Middle aged individuals who are unhappy and anxious— This group was primarily female and had poor mental health, as well as insomnia, anxiety, depression and fatigue. However, this group had the lowest alcohol consumption and took part in regular physical activity.
COMMENT: As a trainer, I feel like I could really make a positive impact with this group atorvastatin online. Working in tandem with their General Practitioner, who may recommend medication, changes in nutrition and an increase is strength training would do wonders here.
- Older people who, despite living with physical health conditions, are happy— A group with a high prevalence of chronic health conditions (such as osteoarthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure) yet who also exhibited low levels of anxiety and depression.
COMMENT: I have worked with many clients in this category. The most positive observation here is that many of the health issues commonly found in this group are reversible! Again, minor nutritional changes and a training program suitable to their physical limitations would show great results. Their positive mind-set is key!
- Younger healthy females— The largest group in this study, these women were also engaged in some healthy behaviors similar to the young males in the first category yet minus the drinking.
COMMENT: This group needs to be careful. Due to lower muscle mass and testosterone levels, this group can run head first into metabolism issues when they decide to lose weight. The longer they remain obese, the more likely it is they will stay that way. They MUST focus on weight loss while they are young, healthy and still have a relatively rapid metabolism.
- Older affluent healthy adults— While a large portion of this higher income group had high blood pressure and consumed an above-average alcohol consumption, they also engaged in some healthy behaviors.
COMMENT: These folks have the resources to deal with their issues and have the mindset to do so. As a trainer, these are my ideal clients. High blood pressure can be reverse through weight loss. Couple that with some assistance in reducing alcohol intake and you have a powerful prescription for success!
- Individuals with very poor health— This group reported the highest levels of pain and fatigue, dealt with the most chronic health conditions and had the highest BMI. They were also the most financially challenged.
COMMENT: This group needs the most intensive help. Their chronic pain makes regular workouts unlikely. Medical intervention may be required here. Also their limited financial resources puts many workout options out of reach. Sadly, this group has the worst outlook. The new patient-based medical approach may hold some hope however.
If you or someone you know falls into one of these categories, either give me a call or get working with a qualified trainer today! Make sure the program you undertake suits your needs as described above.
One size does not fit all