Obesity has been a very heavy topic for the last decade. Have you ever wondered what the medical definition is of obesity? Adult obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) over thirty percent. There are many contributing factors for the increasing rate of obesity in America. Two of the major causes include: lack of physical exercise and poor eating habits.

Most people live a very fast paced and chaotic life; making it difficult to eat  healthy and exercise. It is much easier to stop at a drive through at a fast food restaurant than to cook a nutritionally balanced, healthy meal. At the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute, we are here to help you towards your journey to lose weight. Here are some helpful tips that may help:

Get physician approval before starting any exercise or nutritional program!!!

Ask your doctor for Physical/Occupational (PT/OT) evaluation to determine what your level of exercise should be.

If you are able, walk a little more every day.

Begin with simple, low impact exercise in your home.

Be aware of what you are eating, eat healthy foods and limit your portion sizes.

If you have no dietary restrictions, include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Avoid foods high in fats and cholesterol.

Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage and support your efforts.

Believe in yourself! You can do this!

BCWHI wishes you the best of luck in your weight loss goals!