As the obesity rate continues to rise, learn tips to stay lean, along with healty, lower-calorie recipes to help manage weight.

Moving up in weight

Obese Woman

This may not be a surprise, but obesity rates continue to rise in this country with the highest obesity rates measured right now.

More Americans who were previously overweight have now moved into the obese category. The number of people classified as morbidly obese has also increased.

The Gallop –Healthways obesity research results were recently released. They are based on 167,000 interviews from 2014.

The 2014 obesity rate increases were the highest in those 65 years and older, then in the 45-64-year-old group, and then in women.    Researchers looked at participants feeling of well-being in five areas of life: purpose, social, financial, community and physical.

The well-being index is calculated on a scale of 0-100.

Normal weight people have the highest average well-being index - and those who are morbidly obese - have the lowest well-being index rating.

The obesity rate increases do not bode well for our health, or for the health of this country. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, arthritis, diabetes and certain cancers all have a connection to excess weight, especially when the weight is located in the mid-section.

Tips to stay lean: 

  • Keep an eye on your portions (especially at the end of the day) 
  • Lean on plant foods at all meals – fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains 
  • Drink lots of water
  • Enjoy a daily walk or activity

Healthy lower-calorie recipes to manage weight:


About the Author

Rita Smith is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's been working in the field of nutrition and disease prevention for more than 35 years, and currently works at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. Each week, Rita provides nutrition counseling to clients who have a variety of disorders or diseases including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis and weight management. For these clients, food choices can help them manage their health problems.