Obesity: The little things

Uploaded by NHLBI on 05.09.2012

>> Male Speaker: Weight gain is the sum of little things that
add up over time: choosing the escalator instead of the stairs,
eating two helpings of dinner, and so on, and so on.
Ever wonder why you're winded or your joints ache, and blame
it on your age?
Well, think about your weight.
Imagine carrying a 10-pound bag everywhere you go.
Just 10 pounds adds more than 30 pounds of force to your knees.
So those achy knees might mean you need better habits.
By realizing you're overweight and by taking control now, you
may lower the risk of developing serious health problems, like
heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes,
gallstones and some cancers.
Losing just 5 percent of your body weight may also decrease
the stress you're putting on your body.
That means doing more of the things you enjoy, without
the aches and pains.
It's the little things that make up the weight gain, and
it's the little things that will help take it back off.
Wouldn't you like to drop the weight and stop picking up more?
Obesity happens one pound at a time.
So does preventing it.