Healthy Environment Leads to Healthy Life
Jan 16, 2018 - 2:20:55 PM

( - Experts say many people live in environments that promote weight gain. These environments feature increased access to unhealthy foods and less physical activity. But how can you transform an unhealthy environment into a healthier one?

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Obesogenic is a word used to describe how one's surroundings can promote weight gain.

"We certainly live in an obesogenic environment, where it is very easy to eat more calories and be less physically active," says Dr. Seema Kumar, a Mayo Clinic pediatric endocrinologist.

Dr. Kumar says tempting treats and flashing screens lure people to sit still and munch more. But, by making small changes, you can turn your obesogenic environment into a much healthier one. These tips can help:

The great news is that even small changes in your weight make a big difference in your health.

"Just a 5 to 10 percent weight loss can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels," says Dr. Kumar.

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