Health Effects of Obesity

Obesity has been labeled as an epidemic by many health professionals, and it is on the rise, especially in eastern North Carolina. It is estimated that 30 percent of the population is obese, and 65 percent is overweight or obese. A popular definition for being obese is having a BMI (Body Mass Index) of more than 30. Severe obesity leads to many chronic conditions that, taken together, make up the second leading cause of death in our country.

Solutions for the Whole Family 

Being overweight can also affect the entire family. As a group, more children in eastern North Carolina are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight than the rest of the nation. Parents can influence the choices their children make when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle by setting positive examples for activity and eating habits.

Getting active and controlling calories are two basic and inexpensive ways to get the whole family started losing weight. If you need help beginning an exercise program or want nutritional counseling to make better food choices, check out the Vidant Wellness Center in Greenville. The wellness center also offers support and counseling, comprehensive lifestyle education and medical monitoring with a great-tasting meal replacement to help you lose weight and significantly reduce weight-related health risks through a program called OPTIFAST.

We also have solutions available to get your children started on the road to a healthy life. The Brody School of Medicine's Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center helps combat childhood obesity. The center offers many resources to help you learn more about childhood obesity or to start your child in a nutrition program.