Let’s continue the conversation from yesterday about the obesity epidemic in the U.S. It’s never too late to modify daily living habits in today’s world of over-eating and inactivity. According to the CDC, overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following: 1) Hypertension (high blood pressure), 2) Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint), 3) Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides), 4) Type 2 diabetes, 5) Coronary heart disease, 6) Stroke, 7) Gallbladder disease, 8) Sleep apnea and respiratory problems and 9) Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon). For more information about these and other health problems associated with overweight and obesity, visit Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.

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