OVERWEIGHT AMERICA AT THE FOREFRONT OF US CONCERNS

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We all know too many Americans are overweight to an unhealthy degree. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), 31 percent of the U.S. population qualifies as obese, more than twice as many as in 1980. Statistical forecasts show that we stay on our current course, EVERY American will be overweight in the next ten years.

Spas and health clubs can make a difference in the fight against obesity by providing lifestyle management skills. However, Casey Conrad, founder and CEO of the Healthy Inspirations, the licensed weight loss and lifestyle program, told Club Industry in March: "There are 64 percent of Americans who are overweight while only 12 percent or so of Americans are members of a health club." That means there is a large pool of overweight people not attempting to loose weight with the help of clubs.

New hybrid facilities are opening up that integrate weight management programs and fitness programs along with spa treatments. Health centers of this sort combine professional knowledge from weight loss counselors, exercise and fitness specialists, along with nutritional supplements.

Spas can focus on supporting clients in their weight-loss effort. Even day spas can create weight loss support programs, including "dine with the nutritionists", "mindful eating", and "super market tours" to help make the right choices. Spa treatments and aromatherapy can be used to help ease the food obsession that often takes hold of those trying to lose weight.