We know that living at an unhealthy weight increases the chances of getting numerous obesity-related diseases, such as type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. The Robert Wood Foundation recently updated state specific statistics in their report entitled "The State of Obesity." The report shows that the CT adult obesity rate has steadily climbed since 1990, when it was at 10%, to today where it is over 26%.
The benefits of maintaining a healthy weight go far beyond improved energy and smaller clothing sizes. By losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight, you are also likely to enjoy a higher quality-of-life. Here are 5 simple steps that you can take:
1. Set realistic goals
2. Understand how much & why you eat
3. Manage portion sizes
4. Make smart choices
5. Be physically active
AHA is here to help. Check out this article for additional information on how to lose weight, and keep it off.