Weight gain and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Although at one time obesity was viewed as a sign of wealth and prosperity, we now know that it contributes not to personal wealth but poor health. Specifically, obesity is a significant risk factor for diabetes mellitus ("diabetes"), cardiovascular disease (heart disease), cancer, hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidemia (elevated blood fats), stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, respiratory issues, inflammation, osteoarthritis, hormonal imbalances, and gynecological issues. [i] [ii] [iii] [iv]
Maintaining a healthy weight is fundamental to maintaining a healthy you... it begins in your heart, your mind, and your intention. From there you can define your goals and take those steps that will bring you to where you want to go.
If you read this comprehensive guide you will:
- Learn what a healthy weight looks like from the inside out
- Become familiar with metabolic, environmental, physiological, and psychological influences on weight management
- Be able to identify healthy and effective weight management techniques
- Recognize the role that nutrient sufficiency, food sensitivities, food addiction, exercise, hormonal balance, and even gastrointestinal microorganisms can play in your weight, your health, and your mood
- Incorporate a nourishing eating plan, invigorating physical activity, and a positive outlook into your plans for a happy and healthful lifestyle
This guide provides assessment information and guidance for adults and is not intended for children. Although childhood obesity is a major health concern in the United States, the issue and its solutions are beyond the scope of this manuscript and may be covered in detail at a later time.
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