Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions this year? Some of you did. And if so, there’s a pretty good chance that losing weight is at the top of your list.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than one third of American adults are obese, and another one third are overweight. It’s an expensive medical problem, eating up 21% of all healthcare costs.
If weight is YOUR challenge, the costs are much more personal. You pay in ways such as decreased energy, self-esteem, or perhaps a sense of discrimination. I see women in my office regularly who break down in tears over their struggle with weight.
But now it’s a new year, and you’ve resolved to do something about it. Yes, there are a number of lifestyle measures you can and may need to take to get healthier physically. But I want you to do something first. I want to stop thinking about your dress or pants size, the number on the scales, or yesterday’s calorie count.
I want you to think FIRST about what’s eating you!
Some resources about managing your eating and your weight:
- The Mediterranean Diet consistently receives the top scores in medical and weight loss evaluations.
- The DASH Diet is rated at the top for dealing with high blood pressure, and many other health concerns.
- Kathrine Lee’s Site: I Live the Source
Your turn: How do you “pay” for being overweight? What steps have you tried to lose weight? Are you being successful? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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