Confused about how to approach weight loss and management?
It is difficult to know where to start and what goals to set. The question is: Where would you like to begin and what are your ultimate goals?
The obesity rate in the United States continues to rise. In 1985, 10% to 14% of the population of eight states had a body mass index of 30 or more (equivalent to 30 pounds overweight for a 5’4” person). Currently, at least 15% of the population of every state has a BMI of 30!
What causes obesity and overweight?
Overweight and obesity result from an energy imbalance. This involves eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity.
Body weight is usually determined by one’s genes, metabolism, behavior, environment, culture, and socioeconomic status. You can’t change your genes or metabolism. And many other circumstances of life are out of your control.
But you can make changes in your behavior and environment. These two factors present the greatest opportunities for prevention and treatment.