Experts offer tips to keep weight down for the holidays

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM.

CRESTVIEW — An increasing number of Okaloosa County residents are overweight or obese, according to the county health department.

"A significant percentage of residents of Okaloosa County are overweight or obese, with the percentage of obese residents on the rise,” states Okaloosa County Health Department’s 2011 status report.

Nearly two-thirds of Okaloosa adults are overweight or obese, 35.2 percent and 28.8 percent, respectively, according to the report.

Overweight means having a body mass index, or BMI, of 25 or more, according to the World Health Organization. Obesity means having BMI of 30 or more. Obesity is linked to diabetes, coronary heart disease, breathing problems, sleeping disorders and some cancers.

Holiday feasts make it difficult to stay fit, but local health experts have advice for those seeking healthier options.

Eat small, eat healthy

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