More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight.  Achieving a healthy weight can help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It might also help you prevent weight-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers. Many women as opposed to men, struggle with their weight as they age. Because our bodies have more fat composition than men, we may do well staying lean for a period of time. However, as our hormones disappear and our metabolism slows, the proportion of muscle decreases and the proportion of fat increases, we then face a weight dilemma which can affect how we look and feel.  To maintain your weight, the calories you eat must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat. Sounds simple enough, but putting these actions into practice requires a diligence and determination to stay on top of daily. The CDC has developed tracking devices to help you in achieving your weight goal. Diets alone will not accomplish this; there must be a lifestyle change, one in which you can incorporate into your life and live with.​​

According to the Mayo Clinic, “the food you eat is the source of energy and nutrition for your body. “ We as people enjoy food and eating. Food often is used to indulge ourselves at many gatherings and activities; nutrition, or feeding ourselves well is quite another story. Nutrition requires some thought and planning, while grazing entails eating what you see or is available at the time. Paying attention to what, when, how often, and how much you eat can be the first step to helping you eat better.
Make fruits and vegetables the foundation of your diet because they are low in fat and contain nutrients which protect and heal the body.
Eat more plant sources of protein(beans, peas, lentils) rather than meat
·Limit sweets to 75 calories a day.

Other Issues of Obesity
Overweight and obesity affect people in all income ranges. But people who live in low-income areas may face even greater barriers to eating healthy foods and being active than other people. High-calorie processed foods often cost less than healthier options, such as fruits and vegetables. There also may be fewer safe, free, or low-cost places nearby to be active on a regular basis. Research shows that obesity also runs in families. Aside from genetics, families also share diet and lifestyle habits that may affect weight. However, it is possible to manage your weight even if obesity runs in your family.

Back when most of society performed physically strenuous work, eating hearty meals at every sitting was doable. Now, however, with the automobile, modern appliances and technology, people do not expend as much energy as we once did. Thus, heavy meals without a way to burn the calories lead to weight gain. In addition, as we age some foods we have enjoyed in the past cannot be tolerated by our digestive systems. Adjustments have to be made in our eating habits to further maintain good health.  Think about this; one study confirms that even a small increase in weight multiplies our risk for type II diabetes especially as one age. Are you ready to start giving yourself insulin shots, your limbs experiencing numbness and piercing pain or possible amputations? Prevention is the way to go to keep this from happening. Talk with your doctor or nutritionist to help you to develop a reasonable eating plan. While we all are guilty of liking what we like in terms of food , we still want to have a quality of life wherein we can still enjoy life.