Most Americans, about 88% of them are aware of the connection between a healthy weight and a healthy heart, but majority aren’t doing enough or anything to tackle their own weight issues, according to a Cleveland Clinic’s survey.
The survey finds that 74% of Americans are concerned about their body weight, while 65% are worried about the risk of heart disease due to extra pounds. However, only 43% (less than half) have tried making changes in diet to shed the extra pounds, and 40% of those who are identified as obese or overweight said they aren’t careful about the types of food they consume.
As reported, a part of the problem might be that people in the United States aren’t sure what to eat for the heart health. About one in five people believe that their diet has no correlation with the heart health, and only 14% was aware that a Mediterranean diet is the healthiest for heart health. Moreover, almost half of the Americans (46%) considers using artificial sweeteners is a healthy way to lose extra weight, though studies have shown that they don’t promote weight loss.
The survey also uncovered that the US nationals don’t fully understand the impact of excess weight on their heart and overall health. Nearly 87%, an overwhelming majority of Americans fail to understand the link between obesity and atrial fibrillation or cancer. Further, over half of them don’t know that obesity is linked to high levels of bad cholesterol and coronary artery disease, while 64% don’t know it can lead to a stroke.
Cleveland Clinic’s chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine Steven Nissen, M.D. said that most Americans are abstractly aware that being obese or overweight is not good for the health, but they are grasping the fact that leading causes of death such as stroke, coronary artery disease, and cancer are all adversely affected by increased or extra weight.
It is important to do better job of educating the people about the major consequences of carrying excess weight and benefits of losing weight. To start observing the key health benefits, a person needs to lose just five percent of their body weight, Nissen added.
84% of Americans say they have tried at least one weight loss method in the past, and nearly one third of them say they stick to the plan in range of a week to a month. Main barriers identified by the Americans to maintaining a healthy weight were lack of time (22%) and dislike of exercise (24%).