The second section of the four part series of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION focuses upon choices that individuals can and do make that affect their weight control and ultimately their health. According to the National Institutes of Health $800Million is currently budgeted annually for research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of obesity in the U.S. best current research evidence shows that small changes in lifestyle can produce small weight loss that yields positive results for current and long term health. The National Weight Control Registry identified the following characteristics of persons who maintain a weight loss:
- 78% eat breakfast every day
- 75% weigh themselves at least once a week
- 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week
- 90% participate in physical activity daily
The obesity epidemic is overwhelming our resources as a nation- but we can each do our part to fix it. For more information visit Part Two, Choices.