From small steps to systemic shifts
Desi’s weight fluctuation has plagued her for much of her life, and she’s not alone – over 50% of Bulgarian adults are overweight. But obesity can come with many invisible health risks, like cardiovascular disease. Could systemic changes help bear the burden, making it easier for people like Desi to make a meaningful lifestyle transformation?
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