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The American Girth Increases at an Alarming Rate

by Sharon Gayle October 31, 2014

Americans possibly exercising less...

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures - the most dangerous kind of obesity - has climbed at a startling rate over teh past decade, according to a government study.

People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines instead of in their hips, thighs, buttocks or all over are known to run a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related ailments.

Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults have abdominal obesity, up from 46 percent in 1999-2000, researchers reported in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association. Abdominal obesity is defined as a waistline of more than 35 inches in women and more than 40 inches in men.

During the 12-year period studied, the average waist size in the U.S. expanded to 38 inches for women, a gain of 2 inches. It grew to 40 inches for men, a 1-inch increase.

Cause for concern:

“The increase is a concern. There’s no question about that,” said Dr. William Dietz, an obesity expert formerly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, now at George Washington University.

The expansion in waistlines came even as the overall level of obesity – as defined not by waist size but by body mass index, of BMI, a weight-to-height ratio – held fairly steady.


An overweight man rests on a bench in Jackson, Miss.

What this might mean:

“What it suggests is that even though the obesity rate may be stable, fat distribution may be changing, which would mean that we shouldn’t be complacent about the plateau,” said Dietz, who was not involved in the study.

Dr. Earl Ford, a CDC researcher and the study’s lead author, said the seemingly contradictory trends are puzzling. He said it could be that Americans are exercising less and getting flabby. But because fat weighs less than muscle, they are not necessarily getting heavier.

Additional Reasons:

The study cites other possible reasons for the increase in belly fat, including sleep deprivation and certain medicines. Also, researchers said the increase might be related to pesticides, the plastics additive BPA and other chemicals that mimic hormones that can affect weight. But the connection is speculative and unproven.

Belly fat not only makes people look apple-shaped but often means fat has built up deep inside the body, around the liver and other abdominal organs.


Compared with fat that lies closer to the surface, this “visceral” fat secretes lower levels of beneficial hormones and higher levels of inflammatory substances linked to obesity-related ailments, Dr. Lisa Neff, an obesity specialist at Northwestern University. She was not involved in the study.

“In people of the same weight, the person who carries weight around the middle is going to have higher risks” of obesity-related ailments, Neff said.

By 2011-12, the last year studied, 44 percent of men suffered from abdominal obesity, up from 37 percent. The trend was more pronounced among women: By 2011-12, about two-thirds of all women were affected, up from just over half in 1999-2000.

The researchers analyzed data from CDC health surveys and in-person exams. Adults’ average age during those years was 45.

Previous Data:

Previously released data from the same surveys indicate that about 35 percent of U.S. adults are obese, a level that hasn’t budged much in recent years. Those surveys define obesity as a BMI of at least 30. For example, someone who is 5-foot-4 – the average U.S. woman’s height – would be obese at 175 pounds.

Ford said that for both kinds of obesity, the bottom-line message for patients is probably the same: diet and exercise.


Source: Fox11Online.com
By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer
Published: September 16, 2014, 4:20 pm
Photo: (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

PowerPlay 106FM Radio - Sharon Gayle Live at 6:45pm - 10/27/14

by Sharon Gayle October 27, 2014

On Air with PowerPlay 106FM Jamaica, WI.

A Live On-Air Broadcast Speaking to Sharon Gayle

Date: Monday 27th Oct. at 6:45pm.


We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with World Champion Figure Pro and owner of GayleFORCE® Enterprise, Sharon Gayle on Monday 27th October, 2014.  Topics to be discussed are:

  1. Her plans to grow GayleFORCE® Enterprise
  2. Speaking with the JABBFA Team
  3. Her new role as Promoter and Organizer of the innaugural 2015 GayleFORCE® Metro NY Bodybuilding& Physique Championships
  4. Her plans to compete in 2016, and so much more.

Tune in at 6:45PM | Monday 27th October, 2014 to hear Sharon's thoughts and views as she navigates the roads set before her; and step by step with determination and focus, achieves her goals and impacts the lives of those she touches.

~Prell Massey, Station Content Mgr.


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GayleFORCE® Enterprise

Sharon Gayle - JABBFA TEAM Coaching Seminar, Jamaica W.I.

by Sharon Gayle October 26, 2014

Sharon Gayle - Speaking Engagement & Seminar

JABBFA | Jamaican Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Association

Fitness Motivational Coaching Session

Date: October 25, 2014

: Fit Farm Fitness Club, Jamaica, WI.
Event Hosted by
  JABBFA - Jamaican Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Association


JABBFA Facebook Page Showcasing Event

What a fantastic time for all involved!  The JABBFA Athletes were so enthusiastic and energetic.  Each having individual goals but working as a team to support each other and stay motivated.

The session started with my being introduced to the JABBFA Team and Staff, and then transitioned into a One-on-One Meet and Greet.  Following this, we moved into the Seminar Segment discussing topics ranging from the fundamentals of the Nutitrion/Competition Diet to Muscle Gain and Cutting to What are the Judges Looking For?  We then moved on to the Question and Answer Segment, and ended with my showing the athletes a variety of Mandatory Poses and how best to seamlessly transition from one pose to another.

It really was wonderful meeting and working with the Jamaican Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Association and their competitors. I look foward to seeing each and every athlete succeed in achieving their personal goals; and working with them again in the near future.

"It was a pleasure hosting Sharon Gayle and having her interact with potential future athletes, current athletes, and trainers.  Thank you very much Sharon Gayle for traveling all the way to Jamaica, WI. to speak with, and encourage the JABBFA Athletes." ~Sydney Davis, JABBFA 1st Vice President

Athletes and Friends settle in for a few hours of instructive and motivational guidance.

Breaking it down. Competing, the dedication required, is not to be taken lightly.
You get out, what you put in!

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A serious moment as JABBFA Vice President, thanks me for taking the time
to speak to the JABBFA Team.

An intimate group pow-wow with the Women.

A JABBFA group shot at the end of a very stimulating and motivational GayleFORCE® Coaching Session!


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Photographs: Courtesy of GayleFORCE® Fitness & Lifestyle Enhancement
JABBFA | Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Association

Sharon Gayle - JABBFA TEAM Coachin Seminar, Jamaica W.I.

by Sharon Gayle October 24, 2014

Sharon Gayle - Speaking Engagement & Seminar

JABBFA | Jamaican Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Association

Fitness Motivational Coaching Session

Date: October 25, 2014

: Fit Farm Fitness Club, Jamaica, WI.
Event Hosted by
  JABBFA - Jamaican Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Association

Sharon Gayle will be at Fit Farm Fitness Club for a Meet and Greet / Rap Motivational session with the JABBFA Athletes (Male and Female).

Sharon is a World Champion Figure Competitor and Professional Women's Fitness expert from the UK. You may learn a thing or two about the exciting possibilities for the sport and what it can offer to you. The Session is geared to Bodybuilding Competitors (ALL DIVISIONS); however, all fitness enthusiasts are welcome!

"We are most grateful. Our athletes would enjoy meeting you and listening to your experiences." --Sydney Davis, JABBFA 1st Vice President

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GayleFORCE® Fitness & Lifestyle Enhancement, and JABBFA