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America’s battle against obesity

Whether classified as a disease or a disorder, obesity is a leading cause of premature deaths in this country.

Complications of obesity

Obesity is not merely a cosmetic issue. Excess weight increases the risk of many diseases:

A CLOSER LOOK — visceral fat

Abdominal, or visceral, fat — weight centered at and above the waist — poses a threat to a person’s health.

How do you measure up?

BMI and waist size are used to calculate disease risk

Portion size matters

Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a "normal" portion, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Proteins and fiber

Foods high in protein are not only healthy, they tend to be more filling and keep you full longer.

Healthy eating can be a major behavioral change

Unhealthy eating is linked to emotional problems

A change of habit

The transtheoretical model defines five stages a person goes through to change unhealthy behavior

Understanding nutrition facts labels

Knowing how to read nutrition facts labels can help identify unhealthy foods and beverages.

Hooked on exercise

Daily exercise is a prescription to reduce stress and anxiety.

Quick Chicken Chili

Chili hits the spot in cooler weather. It tastes good and is good for you.

Fresh Truck

A mobile farmers market brings healthy food to low-income communities

Calisthenics

You don’t need fancy equipment to get a good workout

Walking – it’s cheap and it’s easy

Walking is the simplest aerobic exercise to improve health

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