EP 47: Weight Loss Journey

Over the last several years, the CDC has reported an increase in obesity in the United States. 38.3% of women and 35% of men in our population are obese. In this episode, we discuss the 16-week weight loss journey Progressive Medical Center created to help fight this problem.

Obesity can lead to a number of potentially serious health problems, including heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, digestive problems, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and severe COVID-19 symptoms. Losing weight can improve or prevent these health problems12. Even modest weight loss of 5% to 10% of your total body weight is likely to produce health benefits such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.

Obesity can reduce life expectancy by several years. A study by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) found that people with class III (or extreme) obesity had a dramatic reduction in life expectancy compared with people of normal weight1Moderate obesity, which is now common, reduces life expectancy by about 3 years, and severe obesity, which is still uncommon, can shorten a person’s life by 10 years23.

Obesity is a very complex health issue that is caused by a variety of factors. At the most basic level, obesity is caused by an imbalance in the amount of calories a person takes in (through food and drink) and the amount of calories a person uses up (through physical activity and daily living)1.

There are many reasons why obesity is such a problem in the United States. Some of these reasons include: