Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States with rates consistently rising over the past few decades. We have reached a point where approximately one third of our country is considered “obese”, according to their Body Mass Index (BMI). This consistent increase can be attributed to a variety of factors including lack of education, poor nutritional choices, high stress, and various others. Many people have the desire to live healthier lifestyles, but do not have the slightest clue of where to begin. This lack of knowledge and awareness keeps many people stuck in their unhealthy habits, leading to a series of problems that require medical attention.
Medical conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are known as “Lifestyle Diseases”. As the name itself suggests, these conditions arise as a result of one’s unhealthy lifestyle. These lifestyle diseases make up most of the leading causes of death in our country. Oftentimes, those who are diagnosed with lifestyle diseases do not seek medical attention until symptoms have already began to affect their lives. At this point, much of the damage that has been done is unable to be repaired. After patients have been diagnosed with their newfound illnesses, their treatment plans are based around symptom management. Pharmaceuticals are the cornerstone of treatment plans for lifestyle diseases, which come with a long list of potentially harmful side effects. This perpetual pattern of events has left me thinking “there must be another way…”.