The Facts About Obesity
Obesity is a serious condition that affects millions of people from all walks of life. Carrying around excess body fat can lower your self-confidence and wreak havoc on your body—from your brain to your feet and virtually everything in between—and make you more susceptible to a host of diseases. But don't despair! If you want to understand what causes obesity and learn how to prevent and treat it, you've come to the right place.
Live Healthy, Live Happy
Being obese doesn't mean you can't live a full, satisfying life. The key is to work with your doctor to get started on the path toward a healthier, slimmer you—and to teach both yourself and others how to love and support you every step of the way.
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The percentage of U.S. adults who are obese
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What are the health risks associated with obesity?
A variety of medical problems are associated with being obese. The risks associated with medically severe obesity are greater than the risks associated with its surgical treatments. Diabetes. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes is highly associated ...
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Obesity Action Plans
If you are obese, it's time to take control of your weight, your health and your life with our Action Plans.
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You’ve seen the statistics. Americans are more overweight than ever and the trend is expected to continue. The lifespan of our children will likely be shorter than ours for the first time in the history of mankind, due to chronic diseases related to obesity. In this day and age, weight loss doesn’t happen by accident, but weight gain does . . .
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We all know we should be eating healthy, but let’s face it—saying no to a burger and ordering the salad instead can be really tough. Nutritious fruits and vegetables help ensure our well-being and keep the pounds off, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little help. That’s where weight loss supplements can come in . . .