“When I was heavier I was really headed down the wrong road. I didn’t really know how much longer I would be here,” Bruce Askey said.
Bruce Askey has been a nurse practitioner for nearly 30 years. Because of his medical background, he knew his weight was unhealthy. Fed up, and ready to make a change, he decided to take a job at Guthrie’s Weight Loss Center in hopes of learning what he needed to know to change his life. 6 months later he was already down more than 50 pounds. Now he spends his days helping others make the transformation he did.
“What I tell my patients is that you really have to crawl before you can walk and you have to walk before you can run…you have to start slow and set obtainable goals,” Askey said.
Doctors suggest starting with the basics: Eat healthily, get daily exercise, manage stress, and get the recommended 8 hours of sleep.
“We think of it as a cosmetic issue you were a size 10 versus you wear a size 2 this is not a cosmetic issue if you pick any organ system literally from the brain to the toes obesity affects it,” Doctor Verlyn Warrington said.
Doctor Warrington says being overweight can cause more than 250 other diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Even just having a bigger waistline than recommended can cause serious health effects.
If you’re looking for motivation, doctors say losing just 5 pounds of fat can make a big difference in your overall health.
“We’re only looking for 5% to 10% to really impact your health and so if a 200-pound person loses 20 pounds…they would be healthier and if they can sustain that by doing the things that got them there in the first place they will remain healthy,” Doctor Warrington said.
Bruce says his weight loss has given him new life.
“I’ve always been very active, I’ve always loved doing things outside…hiking, biking, kayaking, and things like that and now that I’ve lost the weight it’s a lot easier to do and it’s a lot more fun,” Askey said.