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Overweight? Here’s the Lowdown on Life Insurance

If you struggle with your weight, you already know you have plenty of company. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults – 93 million people – are classified as obese. This is in addition to the vast numbers of others who are overweight, but not actually obese. The statistics add up to about 68 percent of Americans, according to some surveys. Do You Know Your BMI? The CDC defines overweight and obesity by using weight and height to calculate a number known as the body mass index, or BMI. An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. To calculate your BMI, see the CDC’s Adult BMI Calculator. Or find your height and weight in this BMI Index Chart from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. BMI is used as a screening tool. It’s not an absolute measure of the body…

Children With Smartphones? 5 Smart Reasons Not to Give Your Child a Smartphone

Walk down any city street, and chances are the majority of the people you see will be looking down – focused more on the smartphone in their hands than on the world around them. While the majority of these smartphone addicts are adults, it’s becoming increasingly common to see children with smartphones doing the same. As a growing number of parents are beginning to introduce their children to tablets and smartphones during infancy, the ease with which even toddlers are mastering them can be startling. Last summer, researchers at the University of Iowa reported that by the age of two, 90 percent of modern children can use an iPad. Given these statistics, it’s hardly surprising that kids are beginning to want their own smartphones at a younger age than before. Influence Central’s 2016 Digital Trends Study revealed that on average, kids are receiving their first smartphone between the ages of…

The Connection Between Weight & Health

Blog SQThough being overweight will likely always be considered an additional health risk factor, the notion that overweight individuals are “doomed” is quite incorrect.
“Active obese individuals actually have lower morbidity and mortality than normal weight individuals who are sedentary … the health risks of obesity are largely controlled if a person is physically active and physically fit.” -The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Sure, we all know that being overweight is less healthy than carrying an “appropriate” amount of weight on our frames. We also know that excess body fat can lead to a host of serious health conditions – as well as body image and confidence issues for the individual. But the idea that those who are overweight cannot be considered healthy is a fallacy.