Obesity: Basics

Winter is coming. But that’s no excuse to put off starting a healthy lifestyle.   While an unhealthy lifestyle over the winter months can mean frustration when swimsuit season comes around, excessive weight can also lead to serious health problems.

According to the CDC, more than 1/3 of US adults are considered obese, that’s over 78 million people! The CDC also cites conditions related to obesity:

Additionally, the estimated annual medical cost due to obesity was $147 billion in 2008.

New research has shown that obesity isn’t just a result of unhealthy living, although that is a major contributing factor. Obesity is also related to our DNA makeup. Many people who have a family history of obesity will be at a higher risk of suffering the same problem.   It is important to take steps to help prevent obesity.

While genetics plays a part in obesity, unhealthy living, poor diets, and no exercise play a major part when it comes to obesity. To burn fat you need to burn more calories than you consume.  Therefore, healthy diets and regular exercise are vital to keeping obesity at bay.



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