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The Obesity Epidemic: To Change the Future, Take Small Steps Today

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Today, more than 93 million American adults face obesity, and obesity-related health conditions, like type 2 diabetes, lead to preventable deaths across the country. As we ring in a new decade, the statistics are unfavorable for the future.

A recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine studied the national obesity epidemic at the state level and found that by 2030, half of American adults will be obese, and 1 in 4 will face severe obesity — but this doesn’t have to be our future.

At the AdventHealth Diabetes Institute, change starts here. Our research team makes breakthroughs in diabetes research every day, and our evidence-based programs, like New Day, New Weigh, help people just like you lose weight safely, manage health-related conditions and inspire the people they love to do the same.

We believe small steps today can make all the difference in a person’s future. That’s why we’re working hard to change obesity and diabetes statistics so the future can be brighter for everyone — from children to adults. In fact, our pediatric weight and wellness program helps children adopt healthier lives with the aim at obesity and diabetes prevention. For all, small changes made today can create a ripple effect throughout this new decade and well into the next.

Changing the Course of the Future, Starting Today

If nothing changes, not only will half of the country be obese, but 1 in 4 American adults will face severe obesity by 2030. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Although scientific projections may be accurate based on the track we’re on now as a country, there’s still time to change the course of the future. And it can start with you.

You and the people you love can take small steps today to lose weight or avoid obesity — and you can lead by example and inspire everyone around you, too. That’s how we change the future.

“While the statistics are frightening, you’re not powerless to change your life,” says Dr. Damon Tanton, Medical Director of the AdventHealth Diabetes Institute. “Obesity is treatable, and getting started is easier than you think.”

In the New Day, New Weigh Program, you can start changing your life for the better, one small step at a time.

New Day, New Weigh: More Than a Weight-Loss Program

So many weight-loss programs fail to meet people’s needs because obesity isn’t just a weight issue. Obesity weighs on the body, mind and spirit in significant ways. It can lead to type 2 diabetes, limit physical movement and contribute to depression and other mental health conditions.

For as complex as obesity is, obesity treatment should be just as comprehensive. That’s why the New Day, New Weigh Program helps heal the body, mind and spirit, so you can develop sustainable habits for a healthier life.

This medically assisted program takes a whole-person approach to your health, with the help of a multidisciplinary team, including:

  • Behavioral health counselors
  • Endocrinologists
  • Exercise specialists
  • Registered dietitians

“The best part about our New Day, New Weigh Program is that it doesn’t just help you lose weight,” Dr. Tanton says. “It empowers you to gain a better understanding of your mental health, learn how to build a diet for the long-term and manage diabetes in a better, more sustainable way.”

In this six-month program, you’ll be empowered to:

  • Build a better diet, starting with understanding nutrition
  • Control glucose effectively
  • Exercise for your needs and lifestyle
  • Prevent or manage diabetes in the long-term
  • Replace old habits with healthier strategies
  • Set realistic wellness goals
  • Sleep better and breathe easier
  • Understand muscle and water weight
  • Understand your hormonal health

These small steps add up to big benefits for your health, especially with diabetes prevention. The New Day, New Weigh Program supports weight-loss goals with an average weight loss of 5.6%. While this percentage seems small, a 5-7% weight loss can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by 58% — and there’s no better time than the present to get started.

Today’s a Good Day to Change Your Future

The New Day, New Weigh Program can be the six-month foundation upon which you build the rest of your life, well into and beyond 2030. But we know that these changes take time, and it’s normal to be nervous about change.

A hesitation to change, and the reality of obesity statistics, is not lost on Dr. Tanton. “Think about your life 10 years from now,” he says. “Taking the first step is the hardest part, but in 10 years, you’ll be so glad that you started today.”

It’s never too early to prevent obesity and diabetes, and it’s not too late to get the help you need to get healthier. And best of all, you’re not alone in your weight-loss journey. We know you can do it, and we’re here to help.

As you work toward a healthier you, you’ll have support at every turn in the New Day, New Weigh Program. We’re here to help you optimize your health with a caring, multidisciplinary team at your back. Today’s a good day to change your life for the better. Take the first step and learn more about the program.

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