CDC Introduces New Strategies to Prevent and Reverse Obesity Epidemic

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, has introduced pioneering strategies to combat the growing epidemic of obesity in the U.S. The new campaign will focus on state and local programs, community efforts, and healthy living. While the CDC admits that there is no simple solution to the obesity epidemic, they now plan to attack the problem from a new angle by countering the crisis with a supportive environment that encourages prevention of obesity through contemporary healthy living behaviors that promote healthy weight loss.

The CDC stresses that healthy weight loss is the key, stating, “It’s natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly, but progressive evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a ‘diet’ or ‘program’ – it’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.”

As part of their new support and encouragement strategy, the CDC has released a step-by-step guide for getting started, pointing out that losing weight takes a well-thought-out plan, including making a commitment, taking stock of where you are, setting realistic goals, identifying resources for information and support, as well as continually monitoring personal progress.

In a recent interview with Rita Green, community representative of education and support for WLC, Green expressed genuine concern for people who can’t seem to shake excess pounds, explaining that too much body fat can contribute to disease and poor health. He agrees with the CDC’s plans to promote healthy weight loss, saying, “The focus for successful and healthy weight loss is to use up more of the calories that you consume on a daily basis. If one pound is 3,500 calories, just do the math – to promote a healthy weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week, simply reduce 500 to 1000 calories every day.”

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