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Obesity

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways to prevent many serious health problems.

Obesity

Obesity: A Brief Overview

Obesity is a complex and increasingly common disease that is associated with many health risks, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and even death. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways to prevent many serious health problems. When you have obesity, your body weight is too high for your height, often due to excess body fat. Obesity can develop at any age and is considered a chronic (long-term) condition.

Obesity Essential Information

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Obesity

Find out more about obesity including symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment options.

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Weight Issues in Children

As children grow and develop, weight changes are normal. If you’re concerned about your child’s weight, talk to your doctor.

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Obesity and Pregnancy

Women who have obesity can have healthy pregnancies. It is important to receive regular prenatal care to manage risks

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Obesity Risk Factors

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Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is eating in response to your emotions or out of boredom. Emotional eaters eat for comfort rather than because they’re hungry.

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Overeating in Children and Teens

A child’s eating habits develop early in life, perhaps between the ages of 1 to 2 years. What can you do to help your child keep a healthy weight and avoid overeating?

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Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is a mental health condition. It is an obsession with food and weight that harms a person’s emotional and physical well-being.

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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is the term used to describe a set of risk factors for heart disease. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes or high blood sugars.

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Insulin resistance means your body is unable to process all the insulin your body is making. It is linked to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance means your body is unable to respond to the amount of the hormone insulin it is producing. Having obesity, an inactive lifestyle, and a diet high in carbohydrates are the primary causes of insulin resistance.

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Obesity Treatment

A woman measure her waist with measuring tape. Prescription weight loss medicines such as Ozempic can help you lose weight when diet and exercise alone are not working.

Prescription Weight-Loss Medication

Prescription weight-loss medicines are only for people who have obesity. Most of these medicines are designed for people who weigh 20% or more above what is ideal for their height and body type.

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Weight-loss Surgery

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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Healthy Eating

Assortment of foods high in omega-3s and unsaturated fats. Fat should be part of your diet. Your body uses for good fats energy and other health benefits, but bad fats lead to serious health problems.

Dietary Fat: What’s Good and What’s Bad

Certain fats should be part of your diet. But you should make sure you’re eating good fats instead of bad fats.

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Nutrition: How to Make Healthier Food Choices

The choices you make about what you eat and drink matter. They should add up to a balanced, nutritious diet. A healthy diet fuels your body and gives you energy.

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Nutrition Tips for Kids

Healthy eating habits are more likely to stay with you if you learn them as a child. That’s why it’s important that you teach your children good habits now.

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The paleo diet, often known as the "caveman diet," focuses on lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats.

Paleo Diet

The staples of the paleo diet are lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats and oils.

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Nutrition: Tips for Improving Your Health

Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life. You can improve your health by keeping a balanced diet.

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Exercise

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Why Exercise?

Exercise is powerful medicine. It prevents health problems, builds strength, boosts energy, and can help you reduce stress.

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Fitness Habits to Make

Getting movement each day is essential. Not only will it help you keep up with your family, but keeping physically active also can help prevent a number of diseases, including heart disease and certain forms of cancer.

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The Exercise Habit

Daily exercise is a good habit and important for a healthy mind and body. If you want to commit to exercising, schedule it as part of your daily routine. Try to do it the same time every day.

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Keeping Your Child Active

More children and teens have overweight or obesity than ever before. It is important for your child to be active. Physical activity helps prevent or reduce health problems.

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