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Weight gain and obesity in our community

Addressing the issue of weight gain and its effect on our health

Black women have the highest rates of obesity or being overweight compared to other groups. About 4 out of 5 Black women are overweight or obese. In 2018, non-Hispanic blacks were 1.3 times more likely to be obese as compared to non-Hispanic whites.

What causes weight gain?

If you consume high amounts of energy, particularly found in high fat and high sugar foods, and do not use all of the energy through physical activity, much of the extra energy will be stored in the body as fat.

Are there any products that can aid in healthy weight loss?

Pempamsie have a range of product that aid in keeping the body in balance and obesity at a manageable level.

How can we combat the issue of weight gain?

Diet & Nutrition

Diet and lifestyle factors contribute to development of obesity and overweight. Some of the most common ones are:

  • eating large amounts of processed or fast food – this is food that’s high in fat and sugar
  • drinking too much alcohol – alcohol contains a lot of calories
  • eating out a lot – food cooked in a restaurant may be higher in fat and sugar
  • eating larger portions than you need
  • drinking too many sugary drinks – including soft drinks and fruit juice
  • comfort eating – some people may comfort eat due to many other factors affecting their life such as low self-esteem or low mood

Changes in society have also made it more difficult to have a healthy diet. High calorie food has become cheaper and more convenient, and is heavily advertised and promoted.