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Obesity can contribute to the need for disability benefits

Obesity is an epidemic in America. Reports indicate that nearly seven out of ten adults are overweight or obese in West Virginia, Mississippi, and Kentucky.  Other states have lower statistics but not by much. Additionally, it is estimated that the cost of obesity and obesity related illnesses is in the billions.
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When we consider that the incidence of other diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, metabolic and endocrine disorders and other severe hormonal disorders can also be higher in obese individuals, it is time to consider what should be done.

Our blogs generally offer advice to Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants who have become disabled due to a severe mental or physical health condition and cannot work. But what if losing weight and getting healthier could improve your health, maybe even eliminate diabetes or hypertension and the need for SSDI or SSI benefits?

Maybe if you made some changes in your life you could return to work or avoid having to apply for SSDI or SSI disability benefits. Understanding how obesity may contribute to the deterioration of your health may be enough to start you on the path to healthy living.

Power foods that can change your body

Healthy and fit individuals are used to hearing that they are “born” thin or they just got lucky, but the truth is that staying thin, fit and healthy takes work. It may mean eating smaller portion sizes or hitting the gym several times per week, but the truth is no one can eat everything they want in large portions everyday without doing any physical fitness and hope to remain trim and healthy.

What foods are the thin and healthy eating?

Many healthy individuals track their food each day. Whether through a food journal or online program, they are taking the time to recognize and think about every bite of food that enters their body. This may be even more critical as a person ages.

Consuming the right foods will take more than repeating the age-old mantra, “Avoid processed foods, eat more vegetables and fruits and replace white bread with wheat.” It will take a conscious effort to eat the right foods. What are some power foods that you should be eating everyday?

  1. Oatmeal – this breakfast heavy hitter is fiber rich and staves off hunger for hours.

  2. Almonds and Other Nuts – Just a small amount will do. Although these are healthy they can be high in calories.

  3. Olive Oil- a little fat can be good and it will help satisfy your hunger cravings.

  4. Berries – just a cup and your day is packed with fiber.

  5. Eggs- eggs contain a variety of vitamins, such as B12, that your body needs.

  6. Beans and Legumes- beans are low calorie and high in protein and fiber.

  7. Lean meats and fish- Build muscle with lean protein and your body will more efficiently burn calories.

  8. Whole grains- It is good to avoid simple carbohydrates but the right carbohydrates are good for you and can keep you feeling full for hours.

  9. Vegetables, vegetables and more vegetables.

Staying health and trim is much more about making the right choices everyday than being born with a perfect figure. With small changes each day you can avoid gaining weight.

Make great choices and you may avoid obesity and some of the health risks that could end your working career and force you onto SSI or SSDI disability benefits.
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