Mississippians striving to overcome obesity statistic

Lisa Torres works out on the elliptical. She said she's struggled with her weight her whole life.
Lisa Torres works out on the elliptical. She said she's struggled with her weight her whole life.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Diet and exercise are curse words to many.

"I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I kept having to buy larger and larger clothes and I just didn't like it," said Lisa Torres.

Torres is 50-years-old and she recently lost 20 pounds.

"I just woke up one morning and had enough," said Torres.

She said it was a much needed wake up call. She's not the only one looking for a healthier lifestyle.

Studies show obesity rates are climbing across the country, especially in Mississippi.

"The truth is I think that most people, when they do reach that point of obesity, they're a little unsure of how to make that change because it was a lifestyle that got them into that situation," said Planet Fitness Biloxi General Manager Andrew Zornes.

He said the cure for obesity is simple.

"Slow, subtle lifestyle changes, those little things like, taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work," said Zornes.

According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) report, about two thirds of adults in Mississippi, and several other states, will be obese by 2030.

They define obesity as being 30 or more pounds overweight. With that extra weight there are increased risks.

"Diabetes, heart disease, a much greater risk of heart attack or stroke. There's a lot of cardiac risk factors associated with obesity," said Zornes

And it's those risks that make Torres grateful she's found a healthier lifestyle. Her weight loss is evident.

"Yes, people tell me all the time and it just makes me feel so good," said Torres.

She said weight loss is all about conquering one day at a time.

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