Obesity: It’s Getting Worse
Nearly two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight or obese. In the past two decades in the United States, there’s been an alarming increase in obesity rates among all age groups, even children. It’s estimated that more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Obese children and adolescents are at greater risk of developing health complications that are typically associated with adults, such as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Despite an abundance of evidence of the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight and a physically active lifestyle, we continue to eat larger portion sizes than we need and remain less physically active than we should be.
Typically, weight gain and obesity are caused by consuming more calories than the body needs, having an inactive (sedentary) 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.
Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing certain health complications. As body weight increases, so can health risks. Weight-related health complications include
- Cardiovascular disease (mainly heart disease and stroke) — already the world’s number one cause of death, killing 17 million people each year.
- Diabetes (type 2) — which has rapidly become a global epidemic.
- Musculoskeletal disorders — especially osteoarthritis.
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon).
The WHO adds, “What is not widely known is that the risk of health problems starts when someone is only very slightly overweight, and that the likelihood of problems increases as someone becomes more and more overweight. Many of these conditions cause long-term suffering for individuals and families. In addition, the costs for the health care system can be extremely high.”
Losing weight isn’t always easy, and there’s no quick fix. But with motivation and dedication to adopting healthy lifestyle habits, including eating a healthy, balanced diet, following an appropriate exercise routine and managing stress, you can achieve successful weight loss, take control of your health and enhance your overall quality of life.
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