Kettlebell Fitness Expert Lorna Kleidman Reacts to a Study on Immigration Weight Gain

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Fitness Expert Lorna Kleidman offers response to recent article published by Reuters which reports study claims that people immigrating to the U.S. are more likely to gain weight.

On December 3, kettlebell trainer Lorna Kleidman responds to a Reuters article discussing immigrants’ risk of becoming obese when they move to the U.S.

The article from Reuters stated that the longer Mexican immigrants and their U.S.-born children spend in the U.S., the more likely they are to become obese. The article cited a study from the non-profit research institute Rand Corporation, in Santa Monica. “[Researchers] said it’s also been established that U.S.-born Mexican Americans have greater odds of being obese than their family members who originally migrated from Mexico,” the article stated.

According to the article, researchers used information on 3,244 people’s body mass index (BMI) for the study. “The researchers found that among those whose grandparents first immigrated to the U.S., about 32 percent of men and 36 percent of women were obese. That's nearly double the proportion of men (17 percent) and women (14 percent) living in Mexico without any ties to the U.S. who were obese.”

The study concluded that a trend in obesity is due to “exposure” to the United States.

Lorna Kleidman, a kettlebell trainer and world champion in kettlebell sport, was disappointed, although not surprised, after reading the article. “It’s no secret that the U.S. is an obese country,” Kleidman stated. “However, I believe that any weight issues in the United States can be turned around. We need to keep spreading awareness to encourage people to stay healthy and active.”

Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy to use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.


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