Trying to Understand Obesity
Obesity is now a worldwide health epidemic. It is estimated that over one third of the population of the United States is obese. Globally, more deaths are linked to obesity than are linked to malnutrition and starvation. According to the World Health Organization, over 1.4 billion adults are overweight with over 200 million men and 300 million women classified as obese. In my opinion, there are many reasons for this drastic rise in obesity, and I’ll share some of them with you now.
The lifestyle that most overweight people lead today is extremely sedentary. We live in a world where so much can be done without leaving the comfort of our living room chair. We can watch television, play video games, or use our laptop computer, smart phone or tablet. With access to millions of websites, we can shop for clothes, gifts, groceries or renew our prescriptions. Even a college degree is possible without leaving our chair or getting out of our pajamas. We can also turn off our lights and lock our doors with the touch of a button.
You don’t have to look too far to find yet another reason for the rise in obesity. The “fast food” establishments found on almost every corner are such a convenience in the busy lifestyles we lead. They are a quick and inexpensive meal on the run, for sure, but at what price to our health? Clearly, a trip to the supermarket for a supply of healthy foods will cost you more than the unhealthy variety, and that’s unfortunate. Nevertheless, you can still have a healthy diet by making sure your trip to the supermarket is well-planned and cost efficient. The choice is yours, and speaking from experience, I can tell you that the wrong choices have dire consequences. Fast food and poor food choices played a significant part in my obesity.
In my next blog I will address the medical and psychological issues associated with obesity. In the meantime, let me know what your struggles are and how you address them.