GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-
The battle of the bulge has been a hot topic for years. In Mesa County, the health department has even identified obesity as one of its winnable battles. However, a recent health report reveals it won't be an easy fight.
According to Trust for America’s Health, if Coloradans continue their current unhealthy eating habits, almost half of all adults will be obese by 2030.
"We see this growing at an alarming rate, but it's really not surprising, when you look back at what has happened the past couple of decades," said Dr. J. Robert Gershon of Family and Sports Medicine. “I don't think people understand what these refined sugars and carbohydrates do, and really it's just simple chemistry.”
Dr. Gershon says all the years of unhealthy eating habits are catching up to us. This could pose a problem for the Mesa County Health Department, which is trying to tackle the local obesity issue.
“In Mesa County, the obesity rate is 23 percent compared to the state’s average of 20 percent,” said Karen Martsolf of the Mesa County Health Department.
The department has an obesity task force made up of members from the health care community; officials hope they can address this problem.
"They’ve really come together to try and tackle these issues of obesity and figure out ways that we can help members of our community,” said Martsolf. “They are really trying to move those numbers in the other direction."
Dr. Gershon believes the crisis could be solved at home, and adds that folks should stay away from foods with high sugars and fat, and eat more protein.
He says in the end it will stimulate less insulin production and start burning fat for fuel.
“If people really knew how easy it was to change things, you don’t have to starve to lose weight because that's why diets never work,” said Dr. Gershon. “It’s a simple discipline repeated every day and making good choices over time.”
Along with obesity, unintended pregnancy and suicide are two other health issues the department has deemed as "winnable battles."
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