New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions: Get the Facts

Posted on December 28, 2009


In the New Year, many individuals will be taking on the challenge to lose weight. Be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning any weight loss program. (To find a doctor, call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050).

Fast Facts:

  • About two-thirds of US adults are overweight, and almost one-third are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Overweight and obesity are known risk factors for diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood cholesterol, stroke, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone of joints), sleep apnea and other breast problems, and some forms of cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial, and kidney).
  • There are healthy ways to reduce your weight, increase your exercise, and improve your eating habits. They all start by talking with your health-care provider. If you are uninsured or do not have a primary care provider, you can contact the Mayor’s Health Line for assistance at 617-534-5050.
  • Restaurant food portions have mushroomed in size over the past 20 years; we’re eating out more often , and eating more when we do.