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Battle Obesity with a Healthy Lifestyle

Over 60 percent of U.S. adult women are overweight, according to estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Over one-third of overweight adult women are considered to be obese.

Healthy weight and obesity are determined by body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. People with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight. People with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese.

Many factors can play a role in becoming overweight or obese. These factors include:

·        Behaviors, such as eating too many calories or not getting enough physical activity

·        Environment and culture

·        Genes

Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of:

·        Heart disease

·        Stroke

·        Type 2 diabetes

·        High blood pressure

·        Breathing problems

·        Arthritis

·        Gallbladder disease

·        Some kinds of cancer

Following a healthy eating plan and being more active are the first steps to reaching a healthy weight. Before you start a weight-loss program, talk to your doctor.

Safe weight-loss programs that work well:

·        Set a goal of slow and steady weight loss — 1 to 2 pound s per week

·        Offer low-calorie eating plans with a wide range of healthy foods

·        Encourage you to be more physically active

·        Teach you about healthy eating and physical activity

·        Adapt to your likes and dislikes and cultural background

·        Help you keep weight off after you lose it

Some tips to maintain a healthy weight:

·        Focus on fruits

·        Vary your veggies

·        Eat calcium-rich foods

·        Make half your grains whole

·        Go lean with protein

·        Limit saturated fats

·        Limit salt

Regular physical activity can help prevent unhealthy weight gain and also help with weight loss, when combined with lower calorie intake. If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can lower your risk for many diseases.

Talk to Dr. Strebel or Dr. Grolle at your next appointment about how you can reach and maintain a healthy weight for you.

Learn more about this online at: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/defining.html