Obesity...America's Growing Problem

How to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle

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The truth about obesity

According to the CDC, 35% of adults age 20 and older are considered obese. Obesity is partly measured by calculating an individual's Body Mass Index, or BMI. If an individual's BMI is 30 or higher, they are considered obese. Click here to calculate your BMI.

Although obesity is a growing problem in the United States, it can be changed. Continue reading to find ways to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.

Risks associated with obesity

According to the CDC, people who are obese are at greater risk of:

1. Type 2 Diabetes

2. Heart Disease

3. Stroke

4. Cancer

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What can you do?

Diet and Exercise

Start with diet and exercise, and set realistic goals. You can do this, but becoming obese did not happen overnight. Losing weight will take time. Set realistic goals for yourself.


Start by cooking one healthy meal a week, and build upon that as you become more comfortable cooking healthy meals. Click here for a link to healthy recipes from the Mayo Clinic.


The CDC recommends 2 1/2 hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity per week, and strength training 2 days a week that works the major muscle groups. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but can be hard to fit into a busy schedule. Try taking the stairs at work or parking farther away from stores. Click here for more tips from the CDC on exercise.