A promising newcomer in the dietary supplement marketplace
by Robert Randle 8/31/2012 / Health
According to an article on obesity found at Wikipedia, the United States has the highest rate of all industrialized countries. In 2010, the CDC reported 35.7% of American adults as obese, and 17% of American children. In 2008 a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found the obesity rate among adult Americans was estimated at 32.2% for men and 35.5% for women. Looking at the long-term consequences, overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults, which increases to 80 percent if one or more parent is overweight or obese.
Obesity has been cited as a contributing factor to approximately 100,000400,000 deaths in the United States per year and has increased health care use and expenditures, costing society an estimated $117 billion in direct (preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to weight) and indirect (absenteeism, loss of future earnings due to premature death) costs. This exceeds health-care costs associated with smoking or problem drinking and accounts for 6% to 12% of national health care expenditures in the United States. Obesity increases the prevalence of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Babies born to obese women are almost three times as likely to die within one month of birth and almost twice as likely to be stillborn than babies born to women of normal weight.
These trends in healthcare costs associated with pediatric obesity and its co-morbidities are staggering, urging the Surgeon General to predict that preventable morbidity and mortality associated with obesity may surpass those associated with cigarette smoking. Furthermore, the probability of childhood obesity persisting into adulthood is estimated to increase from approximately twenty percent at four years of age to approximately eighty percent by adolescence, and it is likely that these obesity co-morbidities will persist into adulthood. Researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that in 2003, obesity-attributable medical expenditures reached $75 billion. Historically, obesity primarily afflicted adults, but this has changed in the last 2 decades. 15-25 percent of American children and adolescents are now obese. Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese in adulthood and to develop obesity-related health problems.
All of this information makes the matter of weight management all the more urgent. Needless to say there are hundreds if not thousands of dietary and nutritional supplements on the market today, either found in Health Food Stores, infomercials or over the Internet. The ingredients in some of these formulations have unpleasant as well as dangerous side-effects, resulting in significant medical complications and supplements containing Ephedra have caused death in extreme cases, and it has been banned by the FDA and is not used in any product sold in the United States. However, one bright spot among those wanting to lose weight in a safe and effective way, Nouveau Life Pharmaceuticals has a dietary supplement consisting of Raspberry Ketone extract, Apple Cider Vinegar (powder), Grapefruit (powder), Acai Fruit (powder), Green Tea, Kelp, African Mango and Resveratrol that looks quite promising. Dr. Mehmet Oz (Oprah Winfrey friend) has touted the health benefits of Raspberry Ketones, African Mango and Resveratrol on his show as far as contributing to weight loss.