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Getting Started: What is Obesity

Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat. Although there are genetic and hormonal influences on body weight, the bottom line is that obesity occurs when you take in more calories than you burn through exercise and normal daily activities. Your body stores these excess calories as fat.

Obesity is more than just a cosmetic concern; it increases your risk of diseases and health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.

What you can do

Schools, businesses, communities and individuals all play a role in creating healthier environments. Here are a few ideas that don’t take much time, but can have a really big impact in supporting health where we live, learn, work and play.

If you are interested in more information about obesity prevention please contact the Wood County Health Department at 715.421.8911 or