- 300,000 premature deaths each year relating to obesity in the U.S. Morbid
obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in America.
- There is a
significant risk of developing serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart
disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and degenerative joint disease.
severely overweight creates physical and emotional complications that make it
difficult or impossible to participate in many activities.
often lose weight - only to gain it back, individual or commercial, medically
supervised or not, have high failure rate in the long run.
- There Are
No Shortcuts to Permanent Weight Loss. Losing weight permanently requires major lifestyle
changes, including diet and nutrition, exercise and behavior modification. But
it is always worth making the effort to improve your health.
127 million adults in the U.S. are overweight.
- One in five children are obese in the U.S.
60 million adults are obese in the U.S.
9 million adults that are morbidly obese in the U.S.
- Most over
weight people have tried multiple diet programs, diet pills, prescription diet
aids, nutrition programs, exercise programs, dietary supplements, meal
replacements, high-protein diets, carbohydrate diets, and more.
medical problems, environment, learned behavior, and psychology all contribute
to severe obesity.
is most often defined as being 20% or more over ideal body weight.
obesity is a much more severe form of obesity in which a person is 100 or more
Americans are choosing surgery to help control obesity.
- Research suggests that people most successful in
long-term weight loss eat a diet low in fat and high in carbohydrate, regularly
monitor their weight and food intake and engage in physical activity, about one
hour each day.
- Many overweight and obese people fall for the “Fad Diets” These diets may
work at first because they cut calories, but they rarely have a permanent
- A weight loss of one-half to two pounds a week is
usually safe, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000.