Obesity in the United States is only getting worse. It went from 30.5% to 42.4% in the past two decades. How can health care providers help move the needle on obesity? Here are a few of my ideas...
- Provide individual as well as group sessions for weight loss. Clients may prefer privacy or may be comfortable sharing and learning from others.
- Offer simple solutions for physical activity that are reasonable and achievable for clients.
- Avoid judgement about a client’s use of fad diets or fasting. These may be used to jump-start weight loss and may give them a head start on managing their weight.
- Refer clients for mental health services if emotional eating is an issue. Pay attention to signs of eating disorders.
- Encourage small, sustainable steps. Obesity is a chronic condition that cannot be “fixed” overnight.
- Focus on helping children’s groups and parents of children since that is the group with the largest increase over the past 2 decades.
CDC Current Obesity Statistics
CDC Obesity Resources
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Weight Control
Bipartisan Trust for America’s Health
By Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.