The prevalence of adult obesity rates was 42.4% in 2017-2018, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in 2020. For children and adolescents aged 2-19 years during the same time period, the prevalence was 18.5%, affecting about 13.7 million young people, according to the NCHS in 2017. These statistics make it an issue in the wellness field, as well as the healthcare space. This post is not about some weight loss program, but just one concept, a lifestyle, that more people need to be aware of and understand if weight loss is a goal. I’m referring to the concept of calorie density. It's important to understand how different foods effect our satiety and the impact that has on our weight. This is a very simple approach to weight management. This concept is just as much about increasing nutrient density, as decreasing calorie density. Understanding this principle is extremely beneficial for not only those looking to lose weight, but also those trying to improve their healthy lifestyle overall. Below is a graphic done by the wonderful folks at Forks Over Knives, fantastically demonstrating the concept of calorie density. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Also, check out this shortened 8 minute Utube video done my one of my favorite nutritionists, Jeff Novick, who I consider one of the leaders in calorie density education.
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