Obesity Epidemic "Astronomical"
The prognosis for the nation is bad and getting worse as obesity takes its toll on the health of adults and children alike.
What Should I Do?
While the news about preventing and treating obesity on a
national scale may be depressing, it's important not to confuse a national
health problem with your own, individual efforts to lose weight and live a more
healthy life. While changing society may be tricky, changing yourself is
For instance, many people are able to lose weight and keep it
off successfully, and even small reductions in weight can significantly
decrease your health risks. Much of Hill's research has focused on the National
Weight Loss Registry in Colorado, which Hill co-founded, that tracks the
progress and habits of people who have lost weight and kept it off.
Hill reports that while people in the registry lost weight on
all sorts of different diets, including protein diets, they tended to shift to
a low-fat and high carbohydrate diet to maintain their weight loss. And on
average, they exercised every day. While Hill stresses that most registry
members say it wasn't easy, they almost uniformly believe that losing weight
was worth the sacrifices.
So rather than get overwhelmed by depressing statistics or
confused by competing theories of how to lose weight, it may be best to stick
to the established recommendations about eating well and exercising regularly.
Doing what you can might make a big difference.