Preventing Obesity

Monday, October 12, 2015

There is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. Its a complex problem and there has to be a multifaceted approach. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some steps that parents and loved ones can take in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

With nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults now considered overweight, the prevention of obesity is of critical importance.

The medical community treats obesity as a disease caused first and foremost by environmental factors. If children arent exposed to good diet and fitness habits at a young age, it becomes much more difficult to reform bad habits, increasing the childs risk of obesity.

Fortunately, those environmental factors that encourage obesity can often be altered beginning at a young age. It is vital for adults to instill good eating habits and encourage and model an active lifestyle by engaging in physical activities that everyone in the family enjoys.

Preventing obesity in your family can be made easier with a few steps. Make consistent, healthy food choices. Eliminate sugar-sweetened drinks and make fruits and vegetables the snack of choice. Consume all meals in appropriate portion sizes and stay physically fit as a family. Set a limit on screen time, preferably two hours a day or less, to further help your children stay active.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.