Taking a step towards tackling obesity

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It's said obesity affects a third of the population... that's why doctors across the country are providing advice and encouraging people to take action this National Obesity Care Week, including right here in Rapid City.

Dr. David Fromm with the Rapid City Medical Center says, "Diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, and some cancers to name a few are affiliated with being overweight."
These are only some of the issues that can arise when struggling with obesity.
Often times referred to as a disease, morbid obesity affects 5 to 7 percent of the country's population.
But losing weight of nearly that same percentage and sustaining it can improve those bad health conditions... according to statistics provided by Obesity Care Week.
And doctors at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Rapid City Medical Center want to work with their patients to do just that.
Fromm says, "To some degree this is within our genetics, that a lot of people who are overweight feel very guilty about it... that somehow they're vastly different than other people. I always tell people that the easiest way to lose weight is to never have gained it in the first place."
A number of different factors go into treating obesity. Dr. Fromm looks at a patient's Body Mass Index and develops a plan from there.
Whether it's through surgery, exercise, or changing up your diet.
Something Staple and Spice owner, Carol Pugh, can be considered an expert on, working with her customers on living a healthy lifestyle.

Pugh says, "Cutting out a lot of the processed foods and eliminating the canned/packaged foods. Getting back to making your own, baking your own... the closer you get to doing that, the better off you'll be."
Pugh suggests cutting out sugars... especially over the holidays, when eating clean can get a little tough.
Pugh says, "We are coming up on Thanksgiving and coming up on Christmas, two of the holidays that people tend to over-indulge. After the big meal, think about going for a walk up Skyline Drive."
But of course, obesity is a struggle physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Fromm says, "We shouldn't just hide this and say okay, well there's something wrong with me. I don't have the willpower. A lot of times people will come in to see me and they say well, need to put down the fork and get off the couch, but it's not that simple."
But Dr. Fromm and the staff at Rapid City Medical Center say they're there to offer help.

To learn more about National Obesity Care Week, visit ObesityCareWeek.org.