Category Archives: Overweight and Obesity

Exercise History: The Health and Fitness of Henry VIII

At 18 Henry VIII was fit and athletic. At 44 he was badly injured while jousting. After that, his health headed south. Morbid obesity caused many of his health problems.

HEALTH CONDITIONS

After the age of 44, King Henry suffered complications from compulsive eating disorder, excessive drinking, chronic constipation, insomnia, migraines, chronic painful ulcers on both legs, excessive bellyfat, slow wound healing, perpetual weight gain, overeating disorder, morbid obesity, persistent stomach aches, muscular deterioration due to inactivity, and was unable to walk without assistance.

FITNESS ACTIVITIES

Henry VIII enjoyed exercise until he suffered an accident while participating in jousting, at the age of 44. After this, he couldn’t participate in his favorite activities due to chronic pain from his injuries, which his doctors were unable to treat. The king gained weight, and in turn, the excess weight restricted his ability to participate in physical activity, resulting in increased poor health.

ACCIDENTS

When King Henry was 44, he was trapped under his horse, after falling off during jousting. Both wore heavy armor. Henry was unconscious for 2 hours.

INJURIES

King Henry suffered a facial injury near his eye while jousting. His opponent’s wooden lance landed a few inches from his eye, and most likely his migraines were related to this accident.

WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE

King Henry’s waist circumference as a young man was 18 inches. In later years it was 52 inches.

CHEST MEASUREMENT

The king’s chest measurement in later years was 53 inches.

TOTAL BODY WEIGHT and HEIGHT

King Henry’s estimated weight at death was 300 to 400 pounds His height was 6 feet and 2 inches.

PSYCHOLOGICAL OUTLOOK

King Henry suffered chronic pain, and his overall temperament, post-accident was unpleasant. As his health worsened he was usually in a bad mood, and often unpredictable.

CAUSE OF DEATH

Opinions vary on King Henry’s cause of death. Some of them are renal and liver failure. Carrying around excess bodyfat strained and stressed his heart, circulation, and lungs. Excessive eating and drinking clogged up his liver. He most likely had hardening and clogging of the arteries from lack of exercise. I would venture to guess, that the essential cause of his death was heart failure, as an outcome of morbid obesity.

AGE AT DEATH

Henry VIII was 55 years old when he died.


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Ted Talks: What Is Fat?

A-4 minute presentation about good fat, bad fat and cholesterol. Helpful information when reading food labels, or trying to trim excess fat from your diet.


Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. She has 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.


Obesity In The Military


Recent News Articles Discuss The Effects Of Obesity On The U.S. Military



“Just about every aspect of our society actively contributes to the obesity epidemic”,obesity expert James Hill, PhD, Director of the Center For Human Nutrition, at the University of Colorado


NEWSWEEK.COM – 1/11/18: America Is So Out Of Shape And Fat, It’s Putting U.S. Army Solders In Danger, By John Haltiwanger

MILITARY TIMES.COM – 10/3/18:  A Staggering Number Of Troops Are Fat And Tired, Report Says, By J.D. Simkins

ARMYTIMES.COM 10/10/18:  America’s Obesity Is Threatening National Security, According To This Study, Meghann Myers

CDC.GOV (Centers For Disease Control U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services):  Unfit To Serve: Obesity Is Impacting National Security

Military.com 9/3/19 The Navy Is The Fattest, But Obesity Rates Are Up Across The Services,  By Chad Garland

NBC NEWS.COM Oct. 26, 2013: The Real’ Shape Of The American Man: Dudes, You’re Porky!, By Bill Briggs

MilitaryTimes.com 7/21/20  The American Diet Is Now A National Security Threat, By Sarah Sicard



Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  Read her complete bio, on the About Page.

Can My Muscles Turn Into Fat?

Fat and muscle are different types of body tissue. They each serve different functions. When you do strength training, your muscles get bigger and stronger. If you stop strength training, your muscles get smaller, and you’ll get weaker. Muscles don’t turn into fat.  The purpose of muscle is to move your body.

The function of fat tissue is to store reserve energy. If your body has too much fat, it means that you’re eating too much food, and not exercising enough, which results in weight gain.


 

Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

The Media Reveals The Truth About Obesity In America

Recent News Articles Discuss Obesity In America


The Centers For Disease Control Report: The State of Obesity 2020: Better Policies For A Healthier America cites adult obesity at 42.4 percent, the highest ever, and the first time the 40 percent mark has been exceeded.

In 2015-2016 the U.S. prevalence of obesity was 39.8 percent, affecting 93.8 million American adults.  Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


USNEWS.COM 2/10/21Obesity Helps Drive Half of New Diabetes Cases Among Americans, By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter

PUBLICHEALTH.ORG 2/27/21 – Obesity In America 

CBS NEWS 5/3/13  – CDC 80 Percent Of American Adults Don’t Get Recommended Exercise, By Ryan Jaslow

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY.COM 10/21/12Top Five Ways American Culture is Making You Fat, By Azadeh Aalai, Ph.D

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES, DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY HEALTH 7/25/17 – Overweight & Obesity Statistics: The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States

NYPOST.COM 9/20/2016 –This Is Why You’re Fat, America, By Reed Tucker

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.COM 8/14/16 – Cancer’s Hidden Helper: Your Fat, By Matthew Tontonoz

CONSUMER HEALTHDAY.COM 12/31/19 – Why Is There An Obesity Epidemic?, By Chris Woolston, HealthDay Reporter

FORTUNE.COM 6/28/18 – A Shocking Percentage of Americans Don’t Exercise Enough, CDC Says, By Sarah Gray

NEWSWEEK.COM 1/11/18 – America Is So Out Of Shape And Fat, It’s Putting U.S. Army Soldiers In Danger, By John Haltiwanger

MILITARY TIMES.COM 10/3/18 –  A Staggering Number Of Troops Are Fat And Tired, Report Says, By J.D. Simkins

THE ATLANTIC.COM 3/23/16 –  Less Than 3 Percent of Americans Live a ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ : Depressing Statistics From A New Study, By Julie Beck

BOSTON GLOBE.COM 4/14/13 – Exercise Goals Are Increasing, But Most Americans Do Not Work Out Enough, By Robert Weisman

NBC NEWS.COM 10/16/13 –  The ‘Real’Shape Of The American Man: Dudes, You’re Porky!, By Bill Briggs

ARMYTIMES.COM 10/10/18 – America’s Obesity Is Threatening National Security, According To This Study, By Meghann Myers

THE WASHINGTON POST 12/1/16 – Nearly Half Of America’s Overweight People Don’t’Realize They’re Overweight, By Christopher Ingraham

STATE OF OBESITY.ORG (ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FDN) September 2020 –  Physical Inactivity in the United States

CNN HEALTH 4/10/17Why Are Fewer Americans Trying To Lose Weight?, By Jacqueline Howard CNN

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.COM 8/24/04 Vol. 206, Issue 2 – Why Are We So Fat?, By Cathy Newman

CBS NEWS.COM/Healthday 11/21/18Most Americans Spend Too Much Time Sitting, Study Finds, By Steven Reinberg


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City..  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.