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How can obesity be prevented?

Obesity occurs when the body has an excess of fat accumulation, which can present health risks. It is associated with comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic concerns and cardiovascular disease.

Currently there are more than 100 million adults in the United States who live with insulin resistance. In 2019 the number of overweight or obese children under the age of five years reached 38.2 million.

Obesity was once considered a problem of high-income countries. However, the condition is now growing in low and middle-income countries, especially in urban settings.

The great news is that this health condition is preventable and manageable. The combination of exercise with a sustained meal plan and diet are essential for success in most cases. Such measures are practical, even for those who are insulin resistant.

Join Dr. Lela Lewis to learn practical ways to prevent obesity. Also find out how our weight affects our immune system.

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Lela Lewis, MD, MPH, a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, is the medical director of AWR 360° Health. She also serves as the president of Your Best Pathway to Health, leading a team that provides free medical clinics across the United States. Dr. Lewis is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Arizona with more than 19 years of experience in the medical field.

Dr. David DeRose is a board-certified specialist in both Internal and Preventive Medicine. In addition to providing patient care for over 25 years, Dr. DeRose is a syndicated radio host, popular lecturer and published medical researcher. He is the author of two best-selling books, The Methuselah Factor and Thirty Days to Natural Blood Pressure Control.

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