POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 12:39pm
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Now that summer is approaching, many are more cognitive of their weight, but in the Rio Grande Valley obesity continues to be an issue.
Local M.D. and Bariatrician Belinda Jordan who works out of Edinburg says it can sometimes become worse, as we age. She explains we become more susceptible to diseases, including weight problems and even obesity. And while obesity is considered a disease, experts say unhealthy behaviors are to blame.
Jordan says, "Is it really out of boredom, is it out of anger, is it an emotional response to food, or is it really just hunger, and whatever the reason might be, we need to get to the bottom of this"
The Gallup and Healthways Well Being Index found that nationwide 26.2% of americans age 18 or older are obese.
Meanwhile, McAllen ranks at 38.5%, but it's not only adults, kids are also battling this disease.
Jordan says, "We see more and more children now reaching higher and higher bmi's, in fact we see now more and more children having bariatric surgery as a result of obesity."
And with this comes other diseases, like diabetes, hypertension, and even heart disease, however doctors say fighting this epidemic is crucial, as is being a positive role model to your kids when comes to dieting.
When trying to diet Bariatricians suggest to start slowly, and spread your meals, and especially now that summer is approaching they also suggest to carry a lot of fruits and veggies.
And if you're new to exercising doctors also suggest to start slowly, so you can avoid injuries.
The Renaissance Bariatric and Metabolic Institute in Edinburg invites the public to attend the "Walk with a doc" exercise program, which is offered to the public at no cost every Monday at 6:00 p.m. at 5525 Doctors Drive in Edinburg.