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The Skinny On Obesity - Part 1 - Controlling What You Can Control

Obesity rates in America are bad and they're not getting better.

The latest figures show that more than 35% of Americans are obese and health experts predict that  number will top 42% by the year 2030.

Jody Anderson, RN and certified health counselor with Succeed Health, says some factors that contribute to obesity are out of one's control, like gender or family history. But others we can control.

Like diet.

Anderson says exercising is also key. She says the recommendation from the American Cancer Society is for adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week.

Anderson says the Succeed Health recommendation is to "just get active."

Anderson says one's chances at sticking with a regular exercise program are improved greatly if the exercise is an enjoyable one."Is it walking, is it running, is it just getting outside," says Anderson. "Maybe for some people it's just cleaning the house."

Another thing that can help, according to Anderson, is finding someone to exercise with. "It's tough to do it alone so really finding an exercise partner can be helpful as well." 

This is the first segment of a series on obesity. In upcoming reports we'll focus on other risk factors, obesity-related illnesses and the effects obesity has on the health care system.


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