First – this is not my “before” photo!
I recently heard that the USA dropped from ranking number one in the world to number two in obesity which indicates either an improvement or that someone else wanted to be number 1!
Well, #2 is better than being on the top of the list! It is really hard to give a complete, simple explanation as there are so many different factors to consider.
I personally think that once anyone reaches the level of obesity as the fellow in the photo accompanying this post, one begins to “simply not care anymore.” If they did care, you would not see them living the “obesity lifestyle” on a continued basis. Still eating the same way and not doing any exercises or physical activities to correct this problem.
I work part-time in a hospital and have for almost 10 years and over that last decade I have noticed that everything is becoming “Supersized”…from beds, to wheel chairs to doorway widths. What if they made the wheelchairs smaller and the entranceways smaller? Would that not force the people suffering from obesity to realize that they have a problem?
I'm not trying to be tongue and cheek here…I'm just curious as to why so many that I have observed seem to appear so much like they simply accept this condition and do not feel that it's time to change something in their lives.
There are numerous factors that cause obesity. 2/3 of all Americans are overweight and 30% are severe or obese. In fact 1 out of every 5 children in our country are obese. What is that saying? It has been in epidemic proportions for some time now.
What Are the Underlying Causes of Obesity?
It could be genes, behavior, metabolism, culture, environment or even socioeconomic status. It is definitely a complicated health problem. Yes – eating and exercise along with calories in and calories out is a good place to start.
The basic cause of weight gain or loss is an energy imbalance. If you consume the
same amount of calories that you burn, you will see no weight change. If you
consume less calories than you burn, you will lose weight. And finally, if you
consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. The bigger this
imbalance is, the bigger you will be!
More reasons for obesity include (but are not limited to) – slow or even dysfunctional metabolism, a food allergy – perhaps they are addicted to refined sugar, certain genetic diseases and even drugs can cause obesity too.
So, it's not just eating too much of the wrong kind of foods…it can be caused from a number of things.
Can It Be Controlled?
I am not a doctor or nutritionist but I think that most conditions can be controlled and it starts with a good and complete physical exam and professional medical advice from a skinny doctor! Then, learn how to read food labels – very important.
There is a lot more to obesity than meets the eye and also much more than I can fit into a 500 word post. I will do a follow up to this post in a few days with some more ideas and solutions. In the meantime…I would sincerely love to hear from YOU on this topic so please drop me a post!
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