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The Obesity Epidemic in America

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On Saturday, April 21, Dr. Basima Williams from PALM Health discussed the Obesity epidemic in America.

Nearly 78 million adults and 13 million children in the United States deal with the health and emotional effects of obesity every day. The solution to their problem sounds deceptively simple — take in fewer calories a day, while cranking up the calorie-burning process with regular exercise. However, this is often difficult to obtain using conventional medicine. Dr. Williams spoke of the important role that stress plays in weight gain, as well as the effect of bad habits that are actually started in us as children. PALM offers unique strategies to combat obesity including the use of counselors that can get to the root source of over eating. She also stressed that an in depth exam and discussion with a patient can reveal certain hidden trigger foods in the diet.

Eating out is a challenge for anyone, even the most disciplined portion-controller. The average restaurant meal is four times larger than in the 1950’s, with sugary drinks increasing the most — from 7 ounces on average in the 1950s to 42 ounces today, according to the Centers for Disease Control.