|It has been reported
from various sources that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in
the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, the number of obese Americans continues to rise.
Thirty percent of adults over the age of 20 - more than 60 million
people - are obese. Anyone 30 lbs. or above their recommended
Obesity can result in a shorter
life expectancy by two to five years. It is a risk factor for
heart disease and other serious health complications. It can
trigger type II diabetes, high blood pressure and high
cholesterol. It can also lead to arthritis, which is a result of
stress on your joints due to the excess weight you are carrying around.
What can you do?
Develop a diet
and exercise plan that is realistic and one you can maintain.
your doctor about medicines that can help control your risk factors
for heart disease. If medication is prescribed, take it as
directed for as long as is necessary.
Make the commitment!
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