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America’s battle against obesity

A complicated condition with serious consequences

Howard Manly | , Karen Miller | 10/10/2013, 6 a.m.

While the cause of overweight and obesity are clear, the reasons they occur are less so. Unhealthy diet and lack of exercise are largely to blame.

But it’s not that simple. Fingers can be pointed in other directions. Medications, such as antidepressants and beta-blockers for the treatment of high blood pressure, are known to cause weight gain. Genetics plays a role as well, as does lack of sleep.

Corey cited many other factors that can lead to obesity, such as an underactive thyroid or emotional disorders.

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Find Balance

More than one third of U.S. adults are obese. Weight gain occurs when you consume more calories that your body uses. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight will help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. The key is FINDING A BALANCE in your lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.

More than one third of U.S. adults are obese. Weight gain occurs when you consume more calories that your body uses. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight will help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. The key is FINDING A BALANCE in your lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.

For people who are trying to lose weight she offers advice. Recognizing that you have obesity and that it has serious medical consequences is the first step. Corey also said that those with the condition must also recognize that they might not be able to do it on their own and may need help.

The treatment for obesity varies and many people rely on several of them. Exercise and healthy eating are foremost. Thirty minutes of daily moderate activity, like walking, are recommended. For those who need more help, three FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of obesity are on the market. Mental health professionals help people find emotional causes of overeating and provide assistance with behavior modification. For those who experience obesity-related medical conditions or difficulty losing weight, bariatric surgery is often recommended.

But more than most, Corey understands the complexities inherent in the battle of the bulge and that chocolate makes people feel so good. She has a simple wish to solve part of the problem. “I wish broccoli would make people feel good,” she said.

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