An estimated one in every three adults and one in every six children are obese. The number is especially alarming because obesity can lead to many serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
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Bariatric surgeon Stacy Brethauer, MD, expects the obesity epidemic will get worse before it improves.
“The numbers continue to increase, especially among children and adolescents,” says Dr. Brethauer. “The predictions are that the epidemic will continue to grow over the next decade unless some fairly major changes are made in terms of people’s diets and behavior.”
Underlying causes of obesity
Some underlying causes of obesity include:
- Poor food choices
- Easy accessibility to low-quality, high-calorie food
- Lack of education on eating properly
Dr. Brethauer says that in addition to making healthier food choices, people who want to lose weight should make physical activity part of their daily routine. “Find things to do that you really enjoy in terms of burning calories,” he says.
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