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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #112, Waistline size can afferct the likelihood of dementia
April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013

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Big Bellies and Dementia

New Exercise Demo Videos

Big Bellies and Dementia

In the previous newsletter I wrote about acquiring a firm waistline and even six-pack abs. It is a high interest subject that always gets response, especially as the summer months approach.

Then, coincidentally, I read a few days ago about companies that are planning on penalizing employees for being overweight. Fat employees will have to pay more for their company health insurance.

One company mentioned is Michelin, the tire manufacturer. Women at Michelin, whose waists measure 35 inches or more, and men who measure 40 inches or more, may have to pay as much as $1,000 more for health-care coverage.

The gist of the article is that, generally, companies that have offered incentives, such as paying for health club memberships, etc., have not been very successful at getting overweight people to trim down. On the other hand, penalizing them for being fat, by hitting them in the pocketbook, seems to get their attention. The companies may object to the use of the word penalize, but that’s what the policy is, a penalty.

As you would expect, there is opposition to this. Unions and other groups like the idea of company paid incentives, but are opposed to penalties. How it all works out remains to be seen.

When I see obese people – and there are so many these days it’s hard not to see them – I often wonder what it would take to motivate them to lose weight. I know that fat people really don’t want to be fat. I don’t think anybody does.

But if personal pride in their appearance doesn’t motivate them to act, what does? I’m a fitness advocate, not a psychologist; still, I know that fear can be a powerful motivator. Watch somebody trim down after surviving a life-threatening event like a heart attack. They fear another one.

Well then, how about fear of dementia? Yes, dementia. People I talk to dread the thought of dementia and nursing homes as much as any dark thought they could imagine. I don’t mean to be morbid. But it’s a fact and the threat is real.

Should it should be talked about more to drive home the point? Researchers at Kaiser Permanente (the giant hospital/HMO people) suggest that big bellies increase your risk of dementia. And you don't have to be terribly overweight to be at risk. The culprit is an accumulation of belly fat.

So here we are back to abdominals once again. Jack LaLanne may have said it best: “Your waistline is your lifeline.”

But I wonder which is more effective: the carrot or the stick? The article suggests the carrot (incentives) hasn’t had the effect they hoped for. Now they’re trying the stick (penalties). Maybe it has to be a combination of both, the carrot and the stick.

Meanwhile, because you subscribe to a fitness newsletter, you personally don’t need to be convinced. But anyone can get realistic trim waistline information, if they want it, right here, and it’s free.

New exercise demo videos are coming soon.

For unknown reasons, most of the exercise demo videos at the Senior Exercise Central website went blank. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. New and better ones are being made now. We’ll let you know as soon as they are finished and online. As always, access to the videos will be free.

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Logan Franklin
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