by Cheryl Piccio, ABS-CBN News
HOUSTON, TX — Obesity has become one of the most important health problems in Texas. According to the latest data from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, more than 1 of every 3 adults and 35 percent of school-age children are considered obese in Texas. That number is increasing rapidly.
Houston was the scene for a free conference and concert event hosted by a local Fil-Am business that focuses on promoting Healthy Living through proper diet and cooking methods. Fil-Am pop star Joey Albert was the featured performer.
“The kind of food we eat now has no oil at all. It is just the nutrition from the actual food. When we eat out we notice the difference now because we come home feeling different. And I know why. It’s the oil. “
Joey is a three-time cancer survivor and says that the changes she has made in her diet have made all the difference. She admits it wasn’t easy.
“I should have done this a long time ago. I should have focused more on this. If I didn’t eat like this I might not have made it to my third cancer. It’s really the food you put into your body. It is all about the food.”
Joey’s fans came out in force and were happy to see their favorite singer doing well and living a healthier life.
Rhabby and Cory Domingo are competitive sports and fitness professionals who say for many, change is easier said than done. The key is moderation.
“They say it takes 3 weeks to change a habit. Especially for someone who has been eating badly for a long time. Ease your way into this healthy lifestyle. Baby steps.”
They also add that the key to healthy eating is not only in the type of food, but in the planning.
“If you are having a hard time starting, then meal prepping is the way to go. Which means on a Sunday, you have to plan ahead. What’s your meal going to be for the whole week?”
Medical experts agree that unhealthy lifestyles are responsible for a number of the most common serious medical problems, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some types of cancer.
Words of warning for Houston, a city that has been frequently described as America’s fattest City.