As those rates rise, Anderson said, an uptick in diabetes numbers is likely, too.
A big factor in obesity is diet.
People need to focus on foods that are dense in nutrients and stay away from processed foods, which have more calories than we realize, said Chelsey Kennedy, who is a women’s health nurse practitioner at CHI Health St. Francis Family and Behavioral Medicine, said. Processed foods bring extra fat, sugars and starches.
But along with diet goes exercise. You can eat the right foods, but sitting all day will still make it difficult to keep your weight down.
Cody Raile, a certified personal trainer who owns Feel Fit health and fitness club in Grand Island, told us that you can be creative. There are many ways to get exercise beside getting on exercise equipment at a gym and going for a run.
Playing with your dog can give you a workout. Splashing around a swimming pool is another way to get moving. Some like to dance around the house. And a little activity several times a day can add up.
Dietitian Salena Hirschbrunner told us the latest recommendation is that the 30 minutes of exercise needed to get some benefits don’t have to be all at one time. It might be split into three 10-minute sessions, for instance.
In working with people, Raile said he starts “really small,” going for five or eight minutes.