Warning some content / pictures may be disturbing!!
Obesity is on the rise and in every country. It is becoming an epidemic. Over 1 BILLION adults are overweight with 300 million clinically obese. 22 million children worldwide under the age of five…..YES FIVE…..are obese……are you kidding me????? NO!!!!
Adolescents and teenagers have doubled and tripled since the sixties and seventies. Could it be learned behaviors or habits??
With being overweight or obese comes some major health problems……type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular, hypertension, stroke, high blood pressure, and more….oh but wait there is probably a pill for those……sorry for being cynical!!
How does one become obese? I can’t honestly answer that as I have never been obese, I can only give my thoughts and ideas and information what what I have read, do and don’t do. I also understand that in some……in some cases there are health problems like thyroid etc. It still comes back to diet, can it be reversed? I am not sure.
Here goes….when a person eats foods that are high in saturated fats, sugar, dead, processed, chemcial ladden ‘foods’, and reduced physical activity weight is put on.
So I want to take it even further, as it’s up to each person to be responsible for themselves, which is hard in our society it is always someone else’s fault…..or something like the economy……what one puts in their mouth is up to them….period. We do get confusing messages from one thing being the cancer cure last week to it being no good next week and so on……….keep it simple and natural, if it’s man made, it’s probably not good……learn and take the time to read ingredients……if you can’t say it or don’t have a frickin clue what it is…..it probably isn’t good!!!
Are you emotional eating? In other words are you eating because you are bored, sad, depressed, scared or any other feeling you don’t want to feel? Eat when you are hungry.
Are you eating in front of the tv or computer so you have no idea of what or how much you are eating? Eat at the table with nothing on paying attention to what you are eating and how much, listen to your body and don’t shovel it in.
Stop using the excuse that it runs in the family or it’s in my genes……….create a new / different story, one that empowers you!!!
When we eat alot of fast foods, take out food, package foods they are full of things the body can’t really use or can’t digest. They are usually full of extra calories we don’t need, and because there are chemicals in these foods, they become addictive and we start craving them and then eating them more often, sometimes every day. The fat starts piling on, the energy goes down and the cycle begins. If you don’t believe me, watch Super Size Me.
Another things people don’t think of or pay attention to is the sizes of things now. When I was a kid, and I know that was just a few years ago…:)……a small was about 6 oz, med 8 oz and large 10 oz. Now small is about 12 oz right on up to the super gulp 64 oz……really???? Cookies fit in my hand, now it fits into a frisbee……oh I only had one cookie…..yeah who is fooling who?? Actually cut out alot of pop for one thing, that will help tremendously as it’s just chemicals and sugar and very addictive.
Fast foods and package foods are full of cheap fillers…..high corn frutose syrup and palm oil to mention just a couple, empty calories. no nutritional value, high in saturated fat and cheap fillers.
Here are the demographics in the US on obesity, (Canada is not far behind).
Red is the states that have an obesity problem……Scary isn’t it?? That is the most recent I could find and it’s a couple of years old.
So since I’ve done some b#@%ing, I should offer some solutions, as there is no magic pill or potion.
Start the day with a glass of water
Choose live foods more often, (things natural, coming from the earth… fruit veggies, grains etc)
Eat when you are hungry
Stay away from the white stuff……flour, sugar, salt
Sit down with out a ton of things going on around you like eating in front of the tv and eat your food, one mouthful at a time
Carry healthy snacks with you and or have snacks to carry you through the day so when you get hungry you can choose wisely
Don’t skip meals so that you are famish later and eat everything in site
Don’t starve yourself
Stay away from high saturated fat foods
Eat smaller portions
Don’t eat late at night
Start your day with a good breakfast…..don’t skip it
Surround yourself with people / support systems who are making changes, want changes, are committed and are doing it if you really want to make lifestyle changes and can help / support you and on a mission
Face the emotions that you are pushing down so that you can go on and release the weight and feel healthier in many ways
Get healthy extra nutrition in your diet as we need more than what we can get from our food
Move, even brisk walking for 30 mins a day will help get you started
When you put better foods into your body you will feel better and have more energy so that you can move.
In my opinion, obesity is curable, it’s a way of life, it’s a lifestyle that has choices and decisions every day just like everything else. One just needs to take responsibility and action and make better or different decisions, so why not start today as it starts with a single step.
Here’s to YOUR Health.