Obesity Prevention

Obesity is a public health concern that has developed as epidemic worldwide. Extensive literature has arisen to show that overweight and obesity are major causes of co-morbidities, including cardiovascular diseases, type II diabetes, different types of cancers and many other health problems, which can lead to additional morbidity and mortality. The interrelated health care costs are also significant. Therefore, a public health tactic to progress population-based approaches for the prevention of excess weight gain is of great importance. However, public health intervention programs have had limited success in undertaking the increasing occurrence of obesity.

Public health strategies for hazard factor reduction and obesity prevention:

  • Diet: Healthy eating, avoid processed foods, reduce sugar consumption and skip saturated fats
  • Exercise: keeping active throughout the day
  • Relax: Chronic stress increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol and leads to weight gain