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It's never too late to change your wellness habits. Rampant obesity is the cause of much of the rise in health care costs in America

It's never too late to reverse the effects of unhealthy living habits. The Lion's share of rising health care costs in America is due to the rise in incidence of preventable diseases.

Rising obesity rates and an increasingly sedentary society are the chief reasons for the rise in preventable diseases in Ameica.  Obesity makes a person more likely to suffer from:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Some cancers
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Fatty liver disease

 

According to the AMA, obese people "have a 10 to 50 percent increased risk for death from all causes, compared with people who are at a healthy weight."

On the bright side, the increased risk of disease associated with obesity is reversible.  Losing weight and getting into shape takes some work in terms of modifications to eating, exercising, and habits.

You need to keep in mind, that it took years of abuse and neglect to become obese in the first place.  It's going to take a little time to see the results from a diet, exercise and habits modification regimen.  Many diets and programs try to shock the system into health; in my opinion, this is a recipe for failure.  An exercise regimen has to start by making a person aware of their current daily habits in terms of diet (calories), exercise (cardionand weight bearing), and habits (daily alcohol consumption and tobacco usage).

Once this is established, modifications to daily habits need to be gradually changed for the healthier in order to assure long term success!

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