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Obesity is one of the fastest growing epidemics to plague the U.S. population, affecting more than one-third of adults. Obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher, and lends to the onset of a number of conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and certain types of cancer—breast, colon and prostate included.

From 1987 to 2010, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes nearly tripled to 20.9 million. Yet obesity isn't just dangerous; it's expensive too! Each year, obesity costs the American government billions of dollars—a number that will continue to rise until the issue is staunched. Obese employees alone cost U.S. businesses an estimated $73.1 billion yearly.

While one of the best solutions to this widespread problem is basic exercise, as many as 25 percent of adults devote absolutely no time to moderate or vigorous activity. For individuals who are intimidated by or unsure of how to get started with a regular fitness and weight loss program, a personal trainer can be a tremendous help. According to the government's Physical Activity Guidelines, adults should commit to at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity weekly.

Diet plays a vital role in weight loss as well. Although local governments have addressed the obesity epidemic by instituting laws that require calorie counts at chain restaurants and limiting super-sized sodas and other sugar-laden beverages, the key to lasting weight loss is a nutritional regimen that is sustainable in the long-term. Registered dietitians and other nutrition experts are especially beneficial for individuals who are looking to makeover their diets—and ultimately their lives.