Why Does The USA Rank #2 In Obesity In The World? (Part 1)

Definitely Obese

Definitely Obese

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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2 thoughts on “Why Does The USA Rank #2 In Obesity In The World? (Part 1)

  1. I guess it’s a good thing Les that we did drop to the #2 spot because being #1 is not something to be proud of.

    Just like you mentioned, I’m not a doctor and I can’t even imagine some of the issues some people have. Sure, there are health related obesity issues but I would bet anything that the majority of them are lifestyle choices.

    Luckily for me I grew up in an era where there were no fast food joints and my mother wouldn’t allow it if there had been. I was overweight as a child though but I know that hinged on the fact that my mother would not let me leave the table until I had eaten everything on my plate and sometimes it took me until after 10:00 at night. Although I was an active kid during the day, eating and going straight to bed is not a good combination.

    No one in my family is obese and I finally got my weight under control in my mid 20’s. I refuse to be overweight, it’s a choice. I wish most people would just make better choices or if they have psychological problems, get help. Doesn’t everyone want to live a great life?

    ~Adrienne
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  2. Thanks so much Adrienne,

    I agree with all you said. My dad was a very strict x-Marine and in our dining room he had to post this big long sign…”Take all you want but EAT ALL you take”. But that didn’t hurt me too much because I too was very active in my youth – not that I’m not active mow. Just a little embarrassing when I had my girlfriend over for dinner. Also, just like you mentioned…I was 15 years old before the first fast food restaurant opened in Milwaukee, WI and then there was maybe another 5 years before we got hooked on it so that put me at 20 years young! Oh – those were the days – my friend – as the song goes.
    I also totally agree with you that MOST people do have choices. I realize that that there has to a few cases of obesity that could be medically related but the sad truth is…most of the obese population are in a state of self-denial in order to remain in their comfort zone they stand behind that shroud of self-denial so they can point fingers at others for creating their problems thus… are able to discontinue living on a day by day, without accepting responsibility for their own actions and outcomes.

    I loved your very last sentence the best“Doesn’t everyone want to live a great life?”

    Be watching for one of my upcoming posts tying together a persons level of personal Responsibility with “Sowing and Reaping.”

    Thanks for your excellent comment!

    Les
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