According to the CDC, overweight and obesity together represent the number-two preventable cause of death in the U.S. after smoking.
One of the goals of the National Institutes of Health is to reduce obesity among adults by more than half by the year 2025. However, current data suggests that the situation is getting worse. Due to rising rates of childhood obesity, this trend is likely to continue, potentially at an even steeper slope.
But how bad is it really?
Yup, you read that right.
45% of Americans are obese.
I didn’t make that pretty bar graph, that’s from the CDC website and I made sure to link the data.
OK, so Americans are more obese than ever. So what?
What’s the problem with obesity anyway?
Obesity may limit mobility and quality of life but obesity is also a risk factor for heart disease and other serious health complications:
Obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Having these disorders at the same time is a condition called metabolic syndrome, which can lead to an increased risk for heart disease and kidney disease.
High blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease, is twice as common in obese adults than in those who are at a healthy weight.
Obesity can also lead to arthritis, which is caused by stress on your joints.
A Likely Trigger For Heart Disease
Obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are a common grouping of risk factors for people with heart disease. Managing all these risk factors will help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
What You Can Do Today
There are many things you can do to get your weight under control and to help manage your risk for heart disease:
Develop a diet and exercise plan that you feel is realistic and that you can maintain.
Talk to your doctor about medicines that may help control your risk factors for heart disease. If you are prescribed medicines, take them exactly as directed and for as long as your doctor recommends.
Resolve to make this year a healthier one-set a weight-loss goal and stick with it.
The key is to keep it simple and to be consistent.
You don’t have to be perfect to be making progress. Make small positive choices each day and these good habits build up.
If you would like help getting started on a plan for making healthy changes, I’m here to help.
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