Even slight alterations to diet and lifestyle can result in appropriate weight management, keeping potentially dangerous obesity at bay, a leading health expert has said.
American Society for Nutrition (ASN) President James O. Hill, PhD wrote the article on behalf of a joint task force of ASN, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the International Food Information Council.
''By shifting our focus to small changes in diet and physical activity, we can prevent weight gain and potentially reduce the magnitude of the obesity problem. Large permanent changes in diet and activity are much harder to implement and sustain. Significant benefits to society are possible by promoting small, achievable changes,'' said Hill.
By instituting small changes in our daily lives like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking an extra 2,000 steps a day, reducing food portion size by 5 percent, replacing sweetened beverages with non-caloric beverages and eating a nutritious breakfast, society can move in a positive health direction, according to the Task Force.
''Obesity is a complex matter, but starting with one small step can lead to significant progress in achieving energy balance,'' said Hill.
The report is to be published in the February issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.