HEALTH & WELLNESS SPOTLIGHT: OBESITY

by LaShanda Pitts
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Obesity is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems.  A few facts about obesity:

  1. More than 1/3 of adults in America are obese.
  2. Obesity affects 1 in 6 children in the United States.
  3. Obesity is linked to more than 60 diseases.
  4. Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults.
  5. Your waist size increases your risk for diabetes.
  6. Obesity causes more deaths than being underweight.
  7. Obesity is costly; people with obesity pay over $1000 a year more in medical costs
  8. Ethnicity can affect your likelihood of obesity.
  9. Obesity is most common in middle age.
  10. Older women are more likely to be obese than men.
  11. Americans are eating more calories than ever before.

*Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/obesity-facts#1

The health risks associated with obesity are many; they include an overall increased risk of death from all causes, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, and mental illness.

Because obesity is associated with such a wide range of health issues, understanding the numbers behind this trend is more important than ever.

Currently, about 36 percent of American adults are obese — more than 1 in 3. And, globally, more than 1 in 10 humans are obese.

*Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319902.php

According to Everyday Health’s website, here’s what you can do to lose weight or avoid becoming overweight or obese:

  • Eat more fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.
  • Exercise, even moderately, for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Cut down your consumption of fatty and sugary foods.
  • Use vegetable-based oils rather than animal-based fats.

So walk a little more, eat a little less — and do what you need to do to maintain a healthy weight.

*Everyday Health: https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/obesity-prevention.aspx

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Michelle Anderson-Johnson

Thank You for the motivation to get moving!

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