Targeting the obesity epidemic

Published On: Dec 04 2012 11:04:02 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 18 2012 04:13:57 PM EST
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(NewsUSA) - Are we overlooking potential help for those struggling with obesity?

With the epidemic now estimated to be costing the nation $147 billion annually, it's a question that's very much on the minds of health experts. And many, including lifestyle guru Shea Vaughn, are citing chiropractic care as a crucial part of overall wellness programs.

"Chiropractic care helps patients with many physical ailments. It also represents a proactive approach helping to prevent injury and relieve stress, while providing a positive influence on any individual's mind, body and heart," says the much-quoted author of "Breakthrough: The 5 Living Principles to Defeat Stress, Look Great & Find Total Well-Being."

What's more, doctors of chiropractic can also counsel patients on their diets -- what to emphasize (fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans) and what to reduce (processed foods, sugar, soda, fats). "The key is to make consistent, small positive changes," says the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Gerard W. Clum, DC.

With 149.3 million Americans aged 20 and older considered overweight or obese, check out yes2chiropractic.org for more info.