Almost 108 million Americans were overweight or obese in 1999. Until now, obesity continues to be a serious problem and is predicted to reach epidemic levels by the year 2020.
One way to prevent this scenario is to make people aware of the risks of being overweight or obese.
Weight loss is as simple as eat less and exercise more, right? That is certainly the messages we hear in the media. And it sometimes may seem like an easier solution. But unfortunately, it doesn't always work.
You may have experienced it - the ice cream calling you from the freezer, or the bag of chips in the cupboard. Food cravings - they can quickly drive you from whatever you were doing to staring into the fridge looking for a snack.
Americans eat everywhere today besides sitting at the kitchen table - at their desk, at sporting events, at social gatherings, standing at the kitchen counter, in front of the TV and even in their cars. With the busy life that you may lead, sitting down for a meal may seem next to impossible. But there are many reasons why you should do just that and many reasons you should skip the car eating.
Living in a colder climate, I find summer to be a wonderful time of year for delicious fresh food. The cost and availability of fresh produce is limited in the winter months and now is the time to enjoy what is in season. We get a variety of nutrients from different foods and changing with the seasons can help you to have variety in taste as well as nutrition throughout the year.
The weight on the scale can provide us with good information from one week to the next, but unfortunately it may not always be helpful.