It’s 2018, a brand-new year to arrive at your best and happiest self. For many people—especially Black people—that includes losing weight. According to recent statistics, the obesity prevalence rate among Black Americans was 48.1% compared to 35.5% among White Americans. High obesity rates correspond with health disparities that place Black Americans squarely at the bottom. Let’s work to change that by losing the weight in ’18!
Imagine yourself smaller, healthier and living victoriously. Focus on developing good habits that support your weight loss goals such as planning your meals in advance, drinking lots of water, avoiding food from packages, chewing your food slowly, and other healthy eating habits. Losing weight not only benefits your health, it can also enhance your quality of life by giving you more energy, improving your sleep, reducing joint pain, and helping you feel more confident and positive. If you are overweight or obese, a weight loss of just 10 pounds is enough to see these benefits. Here’s to a Happy New Year and a happy new you!