Drs. Oz & Roizen's Tip of the Day: How do you classify obesity?

King Features SyndicateMay 22, 2014 

A couple of years ago, picky eaters learned they had a "selective eating disorder" and were relieved of guilt about their limited tolerance for food's appearance, smell and texture.

They could look at their nutritional challenges realistically and find solutions. That new classification seemed to work. So last year, when the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease, public health officials and doctors were hopeful it would provide more than 200 million overweight and obese North Americans with an understanding of the seriousness of their condition and how to address it.

Well, that worked for some, but it's backfired for others. Seems "overweight and obesity as a disease" flips a "nothing I can do" switch and makes people feel it's pointless to watch how much or what they eat.

Being overweight or obese is a disease with a set of associated symptoms: elevated LDL cholesterol; depression; digestive woes; and bodywide inflammation that increases cancer risk, brain drain, sexual dysfunction, diabetes and skin issues - all things you can prevent, reverse or treat. So don't wait for a magic pill to cure you.

• Start a walking program, aiming for 10,000 steps a day.

• Eat seven to nine servings of veggies and fruits a day.

• Cut out saturated and trans fats, added sugars and syrups, and any grain that isn't 100 percent whole.

Enjoying healthy choices will give you a younger RealAge and the longer, happy life you deserve.

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.

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