As the anti-obesity crusading mayor of New York City once said, " 'Stubborn' isn't a word I would use to describe myself; 'pigheaded' is more appropriate."
Well, as Mayor Bloomberg's discovered, nothing is more stubborn a problem than obesity, and it's turning middle age into old age for millions of young people. Almost two-thirds of 22-year-olds are overweight or obese. And around half of them will develop type 2 diabetes, hypertension or a blood clot or have a heart attack or stroke - or even worse, die - before reaching age 55.
If that's you, it's time to kick off those stubborn extra pounds and make your RealAge younger. The good news is: All you gotta do is bend a bit, one knee at a time, as you ramp up your physical activity and improve your nutrition. Here are a few increasingly popular, bring-out-the-kid-in-you ways to get movin' and groovin':
Hopscotch for a charity. There are Hopping-4-a-Cure events for multiple sclerosis.
Hop into a hula hoop. World Hoop Day is July 7, and workouts are on YouTube.
Don't dodge dodgeball. Community dodgeball leagues are everywhere.
Get a healthy-eating partner. Sign up for healthy cooking lessons (bet they're some in your area); and find support online at sites like www.buddyslim.com.
They can make it easier to stick with your new workout routines, relaxation programs and eating habits (you know the drill; avoid the Five Food Felons, and eat fish and skinless poultry, lots of veggies and fruits and 100 percent whole grains).
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.