by Laura Burns, PA-C, Aspirus Clinic – Marshfield
Just about everyone can relate to making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or eat healthier. January typically goes pretty well. We stay on track. The routine is new and different. We are motivated to make a change.
Now we are into the second month of the year, and motivation tends to dwindle. By the middle of February, up to 80 percent of us have left our resolutions by the wayside.
Why is weight loss such a common resolution? Obesity is a growing epidemic worldwide. In the United States, the prevalence of obesity in men was 37.9 percent, and the prevalence of obesity in women was 41.1 percent, according to the 2015 and 2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Unfortunately, trends don’t show this getting any better.
Why is obesity such a concern? Obesity contributes to a plethora of diseases, many of which resolve with diet and exercise. Health complications associated with obesity include:
This list is certainly not comprehensive, but it highlights the expansive effects obesity has on our body. It can affect nearly every organ system. In total, there are 57 comorbidities associated with obesity, according to the Obesity Medicine Association.
If you are reading this, chances are you or someone you know is obese and suffering with one or several of these complications. What’s the good news? The CHOICES we make have the power to reverse many of these illnesses!
Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay on track and keep that weight loss goal in focus.
Overall, the key to success with weight loss is knowing that your lifestyle has to change and focusing your energy on the positive that comes with that, not on what has been “taken away.” Knowing that you will add years to your life, eliminate disease, move easier, gain confidence, boost your mood, and get better sleep are all internal motivators that will drive you day in and day out.
For help meeting your weight loss goals and living a healthier life, come see me or Katie Frankwick, PA-C at Aspirus Clinic – Marshfield. We are both accepting new patients at Aspirus’ newest clinic, which just opened in December in Founder’s Square. To schedule an appointment, call 715.898.1238. For more information about Aspirus Clinic – Marshfield, visit aspirus.org/Marshfield
Aspirus Health is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin. Its 8,700 employees are focused on improving the health and well-being of people throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Aspirus Health serves communities through four hospitals in Michigan and six hospitals in Wisconsin, 50 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and air-medical transport, medical goods, nursing homes and a broad network of physicians. Aspirus Health has been recognized for three consecutive years by IBM Watson Health as a Top 15 Health System in its annual study identifying the top-performing health systems in the country. For more information, visit aspirus.org.