Wednesday 23 May 2018

Women at Risk of Obesity in Rural Areas, says Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm
People in rural areas are more likely to be obese than their city-dwelling counterparts, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Women are especially affected with 13.5 percent of women in the county experiencing severe obesity compared to 8.1 percent of urbanites.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the reason for the disparity between weights has to do with access to opportunities to pursue healthy behaviors, such as walking instead of driving a vehicle. What works for those in the city doesn’t always work for those on the outskirts of town. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that those living in an urban environment also have easier access to healthier foods.

Healthy at home

Marla Ahlgrimm notes that physical activity is important for overall health, especially where weight is concerned. Rural inhabitants must learn to look for opportunities that encourage healthy behaviors. Ahlgrimm suggests walking for pleasure and joining a group-based fitness class, even if it means driving into the city once or twice each week.

Food is another aspect of rural life that can get tricky. Marla Ahlgrimm reports that grocery stores are few and far between in some parts of the country and that fresh fruits and vegetables are not always an option. Limited access to transportation and lower incomes often leave rural residents relying on whatever food is available; this is often staple foods such as cereal and those made with flour, rice, and potatoes, which tend to be more shelf-stable than other garden fare. Furthermore, even when grocery stores are available, selections may be limited, meaning lean proteins, such as chicken and turkey, are more expensive and therefor cost prohibitive.

For optimum health, Marla Ahlgrimm says women should consume approximately 1800 calories each day and engage in physical activities for at least 120 minutes each week.


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