When we think about health, we tend to believe that it is something we get at a doctor’s office, a pharmacy, or the hospital. For instance, I recently worked with a patient who had significant health challenges including obesity, back pain, and high blood pressure. Her first question to me was, ‘So, how are you going to make me better?’ It is a valid question, but the wrong question. The reality is that health starts where we live, learn, work, and play.
Most people think that we don’t have much control over our health. When we look at the major diseases in our country like heart disease, cancers, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, diabetes – there is a common thread. All of these diseases are strongly influenced by our behaviors.
American adults just keep getting fatter. Obesity has been a growing challenge for health professionals and society for almost 40 years. But according to a new study published yesterday in JAMA, we are not making any progress.