Obesity-prevention may save your life and improve the quality of your life. Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide and it is one of the most pressing health issues facing our society today.
A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that about 32 million more Americans will become obese by 2030, upping obesity rates to 42 percent of the U.S. population. Such an increase would create $550 billion of obesity-related health care costs.
Check with your physician to be sure that there is not any underlying medical problem and consider the following eight obesity-prevention tips:
An obesity-prevention effort is just as important to the health and well-being of persons within the so called normal weight range as it is to those struggling with a weight problem. Carrying excess weight increases the risk of many chronic diseases. Staying lean can help you live longer and importantly enjoy a high quality of life. Staying lean can help prevent the following chronic diseases:
Weight problems can mask problems with the thyroid, which is a serious condition that affects every metabolic function in our body. A thyroid imbalance is difficult to diagnose and if left untreated can cause long term complications such as heart disease, muscle weakness, and osteoporosis. If you suspect that you have a thyroid-imbalance, a visit with your physician is needed.
As a society we have become more and more sedentary because we enjoy modern methods of transportation and many distractions such as television screens, computers, and games. We have entertainment that requires little or no physical effort. Obesity is a problem that is impacting both men and women of all age groups.
Inactivity is a significant risk factor for obesity. Inactivity makes problems with diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight more likely. The solution is to participate in moderate aerobic exercises such as swimming, walking, biking, rowing, or jogging. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days per week. Moderate walking just 30 minutes per day can significantly cut the risk of heart disease and is an important part of our obesity-prevention effort. Before starting any exercise program it is advisable to consult with your personal physician.
Foods high in fiber and protein help to restrain overeating and should be a part of your obesity-prevention program. Foods high in fiber help you feel full and cause you to eat more slowly and to eat less. Protein provides three advantages to help in controlling weight. These are:
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There are many factors that can influence body weight but nutrition and aerobic exercise are essential for good health. What we eat is as important if not more so than how much we eat. Our nutritious diet should be low in salt and sugars and include a lot of whole grains, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables. Vegetables with the highest concentrations of nutrients include cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale. Avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Nutritional supplements in addition to a healthy diet, exercise and regular check-ups with
your doctor, may help promote a healthy body weight. Be sure to consult with
your physician before starting any nutritional supplementation program. Nutritional
supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease. They only give
the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself!
In the end it's not the years in your life that count but the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
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