Drs. Oz & Roizen’s Tip of the Day: Dodging the obesity bullet

King Features SyndicateOctober 1, 2013 

John Candy, Dan Blocker and Marlon Brando shared more than talent, unfortunately.

They’re not-so-living proof of the latest findings on the risks of body fat: Obesity kills. And contrary to that list of stars, it’s women who seem to be tipping the scales most dangerously. About 27 percent of deaths of Caucasian women and 22 percent of black women can be attributed to being overweight.

You don’t have to be morbidly obese to die from carrying too much fat. Even an extra 10 to 20 pounds over your ideal weigh increases your risk of premature death.

Luckily, you can avoid becoming one of those statistics!

First, make a commitment to maintain a healthy weight — then enlist friends and family to join in. Sign up for classes and groups that aim for healthy exercise and diet choices. The power of two or more to help you stick with a new, healthy routine is amazing.

Get moving: You and a workout buddy should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day — or jog, swim or cycle for 30 to 60 minutes. A minute of exercise counts as 100 steps. Do strength-training two to three days a week.

The power of two also applies to food! Arrange with a work pal to take turns bringing in healthful lunches. At home, get everyone involved in meal planning, with great-tasting veggies, lean protein and 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.

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