Sadly, millions of people live with physical and mental health disorders because of issues associated with an unhealthy lifestyle or frequently, these disorders are exacerbated by unhealthy lifestyles. It is not new information that being overweight or obese and/or having unmanaged mental health symptoms can threaten an individual’s health and overall wellness. Yet, these health issues continue to rise and have reached alarming, pandemic levels.
A staggering two out of three U.S. adults are overweight or obese (69%) and one out of three (36%) are obese (Flegal, 2012)). Worldwide obesity rates have almost doubled since 1980; more than 200 million adult men and just under 300 million adult women are obese (Finucane, 2011). ”Of all high income countries, the United States has the highest rates of overweight and obesity, with fully a third of the population obese-a rate projected to rise to around 50 percent by 2030” as stated by the Harvard School of Public Health.
Approximately 1 in 5 people in America experience a mental illness. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US, with 18% of Americans reporting an anxiety disorder. Reports indicate a 1200% increase in the number of people suffering from anxiety since 1980. The Pentagon has confirmed anxiety disorders among US troops has jumped 237% between 2000 and 2012. Worldwide, it is estimated that 8-10% of the population is afflicted with an anxiety disorder. Women are 60% more likely than men to experience anxiety based upon NIH published statistics.
Depressive disorders impact lives globally including 14.8 million (6.7%) in the US. Antidepressant use in the US has increased almost 400% in the last two decades, making antidepressants the most frequently used class of medications by Americans ages 18-44 years. By 2008, 23% of women ages 40–59 years were taking antidepressants according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2013, CDC reported that the suicide rate among Americans ages 35–64 years increased 28.4 percent between 1999 and 2010.
Depression is also the leading cause of disability worldwide (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2014).
A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, found a significant correlation between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and negative outcomes in health, behavior, and life potential. The study found that 2/3 of Americans have experienced an adverse childhood experience (ACE) – this score is based on a 10 item questionnaire that measures instances of childhood abuse and neglect. As a person’s ACE score goes up so does their risk for health concerns, negative lifestyle changes, and drug/alcohol use. More information about this study can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/index.html
The fundamental changes in our diet and lifestyle occurring in recent decades often underlie or contribute to the significant increases in coronary heart disease, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, mental health disorders, epithelial cell cancers, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), autoimmune diseases, and osteoporosis. Though these diseases or disorders threaten countless millions, many of these issues can be reversed or better controlled by making healthy changes to our lifestyle by learning how to manage emotional distress including seeking assistance for trauma-related events that impact wellness (http://www.samhsa.gov/nrepp), increasing exercise, and maintaining a healthy diet of nourishing foods that reduce inflammation.
What will we do? How can we make a difference?
We will judge you most on whether you care enough to change things.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
We must stand up for each other. We must take actions based in compassion. And we must do what we can to create the world we wish to live in.
APPLYING SCIENTIFIC, EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES
We can make a difference by sharing our knowledge & skills to promote the use of scientific, evidence-based strategies that have been proven to increase an individual’s overall wellness and happiness.
We are a group of multi-disciplinary scientists and mental health clinicians, whose own lives and the lives of many we know have been touched by these issues. We are compelled to share our research and evidence-based strategies to restore hope and vitality for healthy living and increase overall wellness.
We must be the change we want to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandi
We are committed to share information through our website presence, in our monthly blog and via social media, book offerings, outreach programs, and special campaigns. Many hours of dedicated research have been devoted to proven, effective protocols to best support physical, mental, and emotional health and to formulate safe, effective science-based products to support our bodies for optimal performance and well-being.
Perhaps the single most eye-opening discovery of our research confirmed the fact that optimum brain health, emotional health and stability, and physiological health depend upon the very same categories of basic food groups, nutritional components, emotional regulation, and physical stimulation. This knowledge is essence of the bodyquench Happiness LifestyleTM.
We are committed to a world where basic health and quality of life prevail for all people. We will continually challenge ourselves to learn, to grow, and to continue our research to support your life’s journey. One by one, we can address the horrific toll these health crises have created on a global scale. By increasing each individual’s overall health and wellness we create a better world for all people and concurrently reduce healthcare costs. Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, once said that the people who change the world are the people who are crazy enough to think they can. We want to be those crazy people!
We recognize the enormity of the challenge; but we know where to start. Change begins simply, one person at a time. We invite you to join us to effect change for yourself, for those you love, and for our neighbors across the globe. We can all advance the conversation by sharing and positively discussing these health issues. Most importantly, we can share solutions with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
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