Dieticians Focus On Battling Obesity In Texoma

Dieticians Focus On Battling Obesity In Texoma

It's been proven that if you're obese you have a higher risk of having a chronic illness and even dying from several health complications.

Obesity is also the leading cause of death that can be prevented in the country. In 2010 almost 28% of adults in the Wichita Falls metropolitan area were considered obese, which means their weight was 20% or more above normal weight.

"I do think it's a big issue and especially being in the south we like a lot of fried foods, meat and potatoes. I don't think a lot of people realize a lot of what they eat really impacts how they feel," said Jessica Morath, a registered dietician and the founder of My Life Nutrition.

Forty five percent of the 17,000 patients that go to the Community Healthcare Center are obese. That's why Morath decided to show people exactly how much fat and sugar are in food or drinks we typically consume. For example, when we drink a can of soda we're gulping down about 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Morath says, "I think because it's in a liquid form we don't think of it as just the sugar that's in there and sometimes if you get a drink from the fountain we don't have a label that shows the calories that are in there."

She also says it's all about eating in moderation. When you're at the grocery store you should pay attention to the number of calories, the amount of fat and sodium and the serving size of what you're about to eat. And then there's the most common misconception.

"People think that with the release of the Atkins diet and other different diets that they should just cut out carbohydrates and our body needs those. Our body runs on glucose, on carbohydrates," said the dietician.

Morath says exercise takes a big part in being healthy, especially in smaller city's like Wichita Falls.

"There are areas that don't even have sidewalks so it's really hard to tell someone you need to go outside and walk when you don't have a sidewalk. But there are numerous parks. The city has numerous trails," said Morath.

If you're planning on starting a diet you should consult your primary doctor first to make sure you're doing it in a healthy way.

If you would like more healthy tips from Morath, she will be at the Community Healthcare Center again on Thursday, March 21st from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6