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Overweight and Obesity: Steps Towards Health
Overweight and Obesity • Overweight • Knee Pain • High Blood Pressure • Pre-Diabetes
Overweight and Obesity Defined Overweight BMI = 25 -29 Obese BMI = 30 +
Facts about obesity • Over 60% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese • The average American gains 1.5-2 pounds/year from 20-40 years old • Increased weight (BMI level) is directly linked with health risks
What are the causes of obesity? • Genes and Culture • Personal Health Choices • Increased Calories Eaten • Decreased Physical Activity • Community and Environment • Easy Access to High Calorie Foods • Decreased Access to Physical Activity
Key to Having a Healthy Weight • Know Yourself • Take Action • Make it Easier to be Healthy
Know Yourself • What are the situations where I tend to eat or drink more than I should? • What gets in the way with being active or exercising? • How do I keep track of my eating, activity and weight? • How do I handle stress?
Take Action • Set reasonable goals (10% weight loss over 6 months) • If you can’t lose weight, try not to gain weight • Little things make a difference! • Eat breakfast every day • Eat smaller portions • Take the stairs
Take Action • Physical Activity • Increase gradually • Goal: 30- 60 minutes or more of daily moderate to vigorous activity • Healthy Eating • Fruits - 2 cups per day • Vegetables - 2 1/2 cups per day • Whole-Grain - 3 or more 1 ounce servings per day • Low-Fat Dairy - 3 cups per day
Make it Easier to Be Healthy • Buy low fat, fresh foods • Find activities which are fun and convenient • Advocate that schools and work sites offer healthy foods
Kaiser Permanente’s Approach to Obesity • BMI screening and counseling • Information and personalized online programs on Physician Home Pages (www.kp.org/mydoctor) • Pedometers, weight management classes, Weight Watcher discounts • Community health improvement activities