Whether it is childhood or adult, one of the most rapidly increasing health issues in the United States is Obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control more than one-third (34.9 percent or 78.6 million) of US adults suffer from obesity. Here is what you can do to help prevent obesity in your life and get healthy.

Causes of Obesity


Typically, weight gain and obesity are caused by consuming more calories than the body needs, having an inactive lifestyle, and having poor lifestyle and dietary habits. Weight gain may also be caused by the use of certain medications (such as corticosteroids, antiseizure medications and antidepressants), hormonal issues, stress, smoking cessation and lack of sleep.

 

Health Risks


Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing certain health complications.

Coronary artery disease

  • Elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Low HDL (good) cholesterol level
  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers (such as breast, colon and endometrial cancers)
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory issues
  • Infertility and irregular menstrual cycles
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Gallbladder and liver disease
  • Osteoarthritis

Here are some Lifestyle Measures that BA Recommends. We also have a lifestyle program available for those that need a little extra help and guidance!

Eat a variety of foods, including whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and fruits

  • Eat breakfast daily it helps you to not over eat later in the day
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Eat small portions.
  • Avoid or limit intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates.
  • Replace high-calorie snacks with vegetables and fruits
  • Drink plenty of water!!
  • Be as active as you can by maintaining an exercise routine several times a week, for at least 30 minutes each time.
  • Sleep!

 

Don’t be afraid to come to us with questions, we are here to help and guide you to a healthier you!

For more information on obesity statistics, visit the Center for Disease Control website

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