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FOR RELEASE: February 1, 2002
Keep Your New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Weight
Did you resolve to lose weight in 2002? Did that resolve weaken when tempted with your favorite high calorie, high fat food? Like many Americans, you may have unreal expectations when it comes to weight.
There is no doubt that Americans are facing an obesity epidemic. Currently, about 60 percent of adults are overweight and about 30 percent are obese. Obesity isn't only confined to adults. About one-third of Americans of all ages are overweight. Higher body weights mean higher than normal incidences of health problems like heart disease, stroke, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, high cholesterol, and gall bladder disease.
The problem is that many Americans focus on weight loss after the weight is gained. Instead, the concept of weight maintenance should be a lifelong goal. According to officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), statistically, five percent achieve and maintain their desired weight loss long term.
Every year, huge numbers of fad diets circulate like wild fire, each one promising quick weight loss with little effort. The truth is that weight loss is relatively slow (about one to two pounds per week) and requires a long-term commitment to exercise and changes in eating behaviors; it cannot be accomplished over the course of a few days or weeks. The best approach is to make permanent lifestyle changes and then stay with them.
OSDH nutritionists are offering the following tips to help potential dieters choose a sound diet plan and increase their chances of being successful.
Tips to Identify Fad or "Bad" Weight Loss Diets
Tips to Identify Sound or "Good" Weight Loss Diets
Long-term changes in lifestyle are safe and effective treatments for obesity. A sound dietary plan can help committed individuals to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce their risk of chronic disease. For more information about nutritious diets, contact your local county health department.
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