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Oklahoma ranks sixth in obesity


Oklahoma's obesity rate is a growing problem.

A recent report released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated Oklahoma is one of the six states with an adult obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more.

According to the report, U.S. adults who are obese increased to 26.1 percent in 2008 compared to 25.6 percent in 2007.

Janice Hermann, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist, said obesity is a major risk factor for many diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

"This study shows the obesity problem is getting worse and if these trends continue it's likely the costs of healthcare and obesity related diseases will increase," Hermann said. "It's important we educate Oklahomans about living healthy lifestyles so we can become a healthier society."

The USDA's MyPyramid and Dietary Guidelines provide dietary and physical activity recommendations for health as well as weight loss. The MyPyramid's website is www.mypyramid.gov.

Hermann said the amount of food a person needs from each MyPyramid food group will depend on age, gender and level of physical activity.

"The MyPyramid's website will also provide dietary recommendations to help with weight loss," she said. "In addition to good nutrition, physical activity is important."

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most if not all days of the week is important for health benefits. To prevent weight gain it recommends 60 minutes and 60-90 minutes each day to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

"Develop an eating plan for lifelong health," Hermann said. "It's important to stay with the basics of healthy eating and physical activity for a healthy lifestyle."

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