Forty-two percent of U.S. adults today are affected by obesity, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That percentage has gone up since 2000 — and it’s predicted to increase even more, per a December 2019 analysis from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
The factors behind our growing obesity rates are complex, to say the least. But there are plenty of proven ways to keep your weight in check. Here’s what you can do — starting right now — to reduce your risk for obesity.
Why Obesity Prevention Is So Important
It’s no secret that having too much body fat can be bad for your health. But when you consider the laundry list of conditions for which obesity increases your risk, the importance of being at a healthy weight really hits home.
Excerpted from Live Strong