Obesity – Getting with the Program

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, health benefit professional Tom Harte discusses how to help overweight children and the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle. If Americans continue to pack on the pounds, obesity will cost our country about 350 billion in medical related expenses by 2018; eating up more than 20% of health-care spending. And if the percentage of obese adults doesn’t change, but stays at the current rate of 34% then excess weight will cost the nation about 198 billion by 2018.

    Tom Harte: Hi! I am Tom Harte, Board Member of the National Association of Health Underwriters. Today, I am discussing the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. The most common definitions of obesity are based on Body Mass Index or BMI. BMI is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. It provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen weight categories that may lead to health problems.

    Obesity in adults generally defined as a BMI of 30 or greater with BMI of 25 to 29.

    9 categorized as overweight. Your doctor can be very influential in the process of losing weight or obesity prevention and an office visit is the first place to start. If you don't have a regular practitioner, your health plan provider can recommend a physician.

    With a proven track record of success, regular physical activity can help with weight loss when combined with lower calorie intake. By focusing on eating fruits and vegetables and avoiding saturated fats, you can begin to change your dietary habits. To reflect a healthier lifestyle, participating in 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity five days a week, along with muscle strengthening activities twice a week will give you more energy, improves sleep quality and lower health risks.

    The statistics are staggering. If Americans continue to pack on the pounds, obesity will cost our country about 350 billion in medical related expenses by 2018; eating up more than 20% of health-care spending. And if the percentage of obese adults doesn't change, but stays at the current rate of 34% then excess weight will cost the nation about 198 billion by 2018.

    While no health plan has a 100% success rate, regular physical activity and a low-fat diet will help you on your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.