Road to a healthy life starts here

The Villages Daily Sun - Imagine if something so simple could wipe out an array of diseases. Experts say an actual solution exists if we could conquer the most blantanly visible, yet fiercely neglected, public health crisis of our generation — obesity.

Obesity was on the rise for decades, but we should begin seeing a plateau in the trend sometime soon, said Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, immediate past president of the Obesity Society and chairman of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University.

"We've seen the trend increase as early as the '80s, and it's a similar situation all over the world," he said. "There is research suggesting that it may flatline. We can't celebrate yet, because we want to keep prevalence down, not in the same place."

The blanket regimen of exercise and diet can only take you so far, Dhurandhar said.

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