March is National Nutrition Month, and it’s the perfect time to take a look at your health habits and see how you can make a change. Obesity is a very common condition that affects over a third of Americans. While obesity in itself isn’t harmful, it can lead to a number of chronic health conditions that can be life-threatening. However, making positive adjustments to your lifestyle can help you manage obesity and live a healthy life. Medicare covers regular obesity screenings as well as treatment plans – here’s what you need to know.

What Is Obesity and Why Is It Harmful?

Obesity is defined as excess body fat, with a BMI of over 30. One in 6 children in the United States are obese, which increases their chances of experiencing obesity as adults. However, obesity is most common in middle age. There are some medical conditions that can cause obesity, such as an underactive thyroid, and genetics can be linked to obesity as well. However, most instances of obesity are caused by a combination of poor diet and lack of exercise. When the body is taking in a large number of calories without burning them off, it leads to the buildup of excess fat.

Obesity has been linked to a broad range of chronic health conditions. These include diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and high blood pressure. Obesity can also cause joint and muscle pain and limit your mobility. Additionally, many people with obesity struggle with mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

How Can I Prevent Obesity?  

The best way to prevent obesity is to eat a healthy diet. Focus on eating fewer processed food items and more fruits and vegetables. You’ll also need to make sure you’re getting sources of healthy fats, like fish and nuts. It’s also important to engage in regular physical activity. Ideally, your workout routine should contain both cardio and strength training.

If you’re already struggling with obesity, it can be difficult to lose weight without professional help. Talk to your doctor about ways to lose weight safely. They can work with you to create a healthy meal plan that’s realistic for your budget and schedule. They can also help you find a workout routine that’s a good fit for your needs.

Medicare and Obesity

Medicare Part B covers regular BMI screenings to determine if you have obesity. It also covers behavioral counseling from your doctor, which can help you adjust your eating and exercise regimen. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, it may cover more extensive obesity treatment. Many Medicare Advantage plans include SilverSneakers memberships, which is a health and fitness program designed specifically for older adults.

Managing obesity can be challenging, but with the appropriate medical treatment, you can find a solution that will keep you healthy. If you’re interested in learning more about your Medicare options, contact Time for 65’s licensed partnered agents today. Fill out this form or give us a call today to see how we can help.