Health Matters

What you can do about obesity

Taking steps to control your weight

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An estimated 31% of Houstonians are obese. Dr. Brian Reed, Chair of Clinical Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine explains what that means in medical terms and how to take care of yourself.

“Obesity is a chronic medical condition characterized by an excess of body fat. It is often defined by having a body mass index or BMI over 30. Obesity significantly increases the risk of diseases like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and even some cancers.”

“Obesity is often caused by a combination of genetics, lack of physical activity, and excessive food intake. Also certain medications can cause weight gain.”

“What can you do about obesity? A diet with plenty of vegetables, exercise, and if indicated medications and bariatric surgery can help.”

“Whether you are obese or not, you can take steps to maintain your weight and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.”

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