Having a body mass index (BMI) that is considered obese is often associated with having too much fat in your body. Carrying too much body fat may have harmful effects on your health, so BMI is used as a screening tool.

As is the case with adults, the obesity rate among children is too high. Studies have found that children with obesity are much more likely to have obesity as adults and are at a much greater risk for health problems now and later in life.

There are many reasons for obesity. While an imbalance of calories taken in versus calories burned through physical activity may be an influence, obesity can also be affected by other factors.

Many people have found long-term success by working with a registered dietitian. Research shows that at least two sessions per month with an RDN lead to successful weight loss and at least one session per month for weight loss maintenance. Because no two people are alike, approaches to weight loss must be tailored to each person. An RDN can do this for you — she or he will create a plan based on your medical history, lifestyle and food preferences. Together, you can explore how your habits, emotions and environmental cues affect how you eat.

?Janene Sacks, RD
Wanderers Wellness Centre