Image description: Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults in 2011. The South has the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), followed by the Midwest (29.0%), the Northeast (25.3%) and the West (24.3%).
Obesity is common, serious and costly. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese. If you want to lose weight, learn how to make a plan to make it happen with these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Do you want to lose weight in 2012? Since about 70% of adult Americans are overweight or obese, many of us should.
Health experts agree even small weight loss will improve your health if:
- You are considered obese based on your body mass index (BMI).
- You are considered overweight based on your BMI and have weight-related health problems or a family history of such problems.
- You have a waist that measures more than 40 inches if you are a man or more than 35 inches if you are a woman.
We all know that it’s hard to stick to a weight-loss diet that works over the long term. Choose a healthy weight loss plan that’s right for you, and that takes into account your likes and dislikes, and includes a variety of foods that give you enough calories and nutrients for good health.
Picking a plan that fits your lifestyle will make it easier for you to stick with the changes long term.