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Obesity

Achieving a healthy weight is different for everyone. You may want to lose weight for personal reasons. Or you may need to lose weight to improve your health.

A 60-Second PSA from Khaliah Ali

 

Watch the “Fight to Flourish: Candid Conversations on Obesity” video to hear stories of weight successes and struggles. Khaliah is a designer, author, activist, healthcare advocate and someone who has struggled with weight and the mindset surrounding it.

Obesity

Obesity can occur at any age. Maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the best ways to avoid weight-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

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Ideal Weight and BMI

Maintaining a healthy weight is critical to your overall health. When you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing certain conditions.

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What You Should Know Before You Start a Weight-loss Plan

There are several factors that can affect your efforts to lose weight. These include making changes to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle. There are tools and tips to keep you on track.

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Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is eating in response to emotions or boredom. This is more about comfort than hunger. Children, teens, and adults may be emotional eaters.

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Surgery for Obesity

Weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) involves surgically reducing the size of your stomach so you aren’t able to eat as much. This means that your body absorbs less food.

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Prescription Weight Loss Medicines

These medicines can help people with obesity lose weight. They are usually prescribed by a doctor when diet and exercise aren’t working. Each medicine works differently, and can be helpful when used with a low-calorie diet and regular physical activity.

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Nutrition and Exercise Articles

Nutrition: How to Make Healthier Food Choices

A healthy diet has a lot of benefits. It can help you lose weight or maintain your desired weight. It also can lower your cholesterol and prevent certain health conditions.

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Exercise: How to Get Started

Before beginning an exercise routine, you should talk to your family doctor. This is especially important if you haven’t been active, if you have any health problems, if you’re pregnant, or if you’re an older adult.

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Diet and Exercise for a Healthy Heart

Having a healthy heart is vital to your overall health. It is involved in many of the daily functions that bring your body to life. Two ways to help your heart health are through diet and exercise.

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Childhood Obesity Articles

In children who are otherwise healthy, weight gain most often happens because a child takes in more calories than he or she uses. Is your child overweight? It may be hard to tell. As children grow and develop, weight changes are normal. If you’re concerned about your child’s weight, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will use a chart to determine your child’s ideal weight.

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