By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It may just be the number one health issue in this country. We have a significant percentage of people battling with obesity.

There are many reasons for this problem and we have talked about them on many occasions but the question always comes up, “what are the most effective ways to keep those ponds off?”

So, if we start with the premise that obesity increases the risk for many health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, it becomes obvious that plans to attack the problem, need to be effective.

There are two clear solutions that cannot be debated: obese individuals may try dieting and/or exercise to lose weight.

Now a major new study from the Washington University of St. Louis finds that obese, older adults – those who are at least 65-years-old – should really do both to achieve the best results. The information is based on a year-long exercise and diet regimen which was shown to improve the physical well-being including strength, balance and gait, as well as reduced bone mineral loss.

The study concluded that the effects of doing both were more than either exercise or diet alone.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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