After the first of the year, a lot of people come up with their New Year’s resolutions and a lot of those resolutions are related to weight loss. In fact, weight loss traditionally comes in at number one on the promises we make to ourselves and often announce to others at the start of a new year. While some of those resolutions are the result of overindulgence in food and drink over the holiday season. It is not an easy task to lose weight and keep it off. A healthy diet can become easily derailed when confronted by unhealthy food choices such as birthday cake or donuts.

No matter what the reason is for your intention to shed some pounds, it’s important to keep in mind that while weight loss is a great place to begin, it’s just part of the equation. The other part is maintaining a healthy weight over time. The key to weight control is determined by how many calories you take in versus how many calories you expend.  It is important to maintain a healthy weight to prevent and control many chronic conditions and diseases.  Being overweight increases one’s risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, joint problems and certain cancers.

In fact, Michigan has the 10th highest adult obesity rate in the nation at 32.5%, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released August 2017.  And 1 in 6 children and adolescents in Michigan, ages 2 to 19, were considered to have obesity.  This would fill Ford Field to full capacity almost 7 times, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHAMES), 2013-2014.

There are many factors that contribute to a healthy weight, including environment, genetics, and metabolism. These are all unique to an individual, which is why it’s beneficial to set realistic weight goals with the help of your doctor. Memorial Healthcare’s Outpatient Nutrition and Counseling* program offers individuals support in nutritional meal planning, and lifestyle changes.  For more information, please click here.

*As a commitment to the health and wellness of the community, Memorial Healthcare’s Board of Trustees has chosen to decrease obesity as a top priority from its 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.  To learn more about this initiative and available resources, please click here.