Posted Friday, January 3, 2014 --- 5:16 p.m.
It's a growing trend that can be deadly and health professionals say if something isn't done quickly, more lives will be lost, and obesity will be to blame.
Wisconsin is now the 15th most obese state in the nation, up from 27th back in 2011. But with the new year can bring new decisions, like putting your health first.
Kim Reistad knows the importance of a healthy lifestyle. "It gets you through your daily life," she said. She's actually made it into her profession as a personal trainer at Princeton Club; helping change people's lives from the inside out.
"It's important in all aspects. from a profession, to an educator, to my family life," she explained.
And that outlook on her health couldn't come at a better time, with adult obesity rates climbing to 29.7% in Wisconsin, an alarming trend that health professional say needs to change,
"With obesity you see an increased risk of diabetes and heart attack, it's pretty clearly defined that way. Some of the studies suggest that there are billions of dollars contributed to obesity alone every year," said Dr. Mon Yee with Meriter Medical Group. Simple changes can make a difference, like putting your health, as well as your families' health first.
"It shouldn't be a chore that you have to come to the gym. You can exercise at home, get your family involved in things. in the winter time we get to shovel as a family," said Reistad.
Health professionals say teaching your kids healthy choices now is key. They are always at risk for health concerns like diabetes and high cholesterol. "They do start to show signs even as children abnormal cholesterol profiles if they are obese and if their diets aren't well maintained," said Yee.
There is a small glimmer of hope with the fight against obesity. Since 2005, the rate of increase has been slowing across the country, but still 41 states have obesity rates of at least 25%.