Is Obese the New Normal?
Is Obese the New Normal, I’m afraid to say that here in the US it is. Nobody likes to be labeled or called names like; fat, overweight, corpulent, gross, stout,fleshy, heavy, portly, plump, paunchy, potbellied, beer-bellied, broad in the beam, bulky, bloated, flabby. So, I’m not going to call You names, I’m going to call Me names, using standard words and terms on how they relate to Me… Okay?
What is Obese?
The dictionary defines o·bese
- grossly fat or overweight.
Just To Clarify
- Overweight refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat, and water.
- Obesity refers to an excess amount of body fat.
If a person’s body weight is at least 20% higher than it should be, he or she is considered obese.
An obese person has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health.
I’m a little hesitant to use BMI, because Body Mass Index (BMI) and measurements can be very misleading. For example a bodybuilder can have exceptional muscle mass and BMI goes out the window. But, the BMI is a good place to start for the “Average” person.
Where Am I?
At 5’ 10”, in my adult life I’ve weighed between 145 and 245, that’s a one hundred pound difference. At 145 lbs I looked like death, at 245 I could hardly walk a block. I was not Obese I was Morbidly Obese. At 180 I felt and looked my best. I was in my mid 30’s my wife and I worked out at a gym, and we ran and competed regularly in 3.5 and 5 mile races.
Today, I’m at 190 lbs. that gives me a BMI of 27.3. I eat Healthy “Eat To Live” I exercise daily and my first goal is 180 lbs. At 180 lbs my BMI would still be 25.8 or still Overweight.
People look at my photo, or even the kids at work say, “Phil, you don’t look Fat!” But, I know better. Who is the best judge of what you should look or feel like? For me it’s Me. For you it should be You… Right?
Normal Is Obese!
I don’t want to be Obese, or Normal or Fat or Pleasantly Plump… I want to be the Best Me I Can BE! If I can do that by Eating Healthy and Exercising daily I would have to be a complete fool not to… Right?
I’m not talking about Starving myself, or becoming a Gym Rat. I’m talking about eating all that I want of food that I love, and Walking.
What Percentage of the Population is Obese
- Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are obese: 35.1% (2011-2012)
- Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are overweight, including obesity: 69.0% (2011-2012)
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010
- More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
- More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
- More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
- About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese.
- More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.
What Is It Doing To Us?
Obesity is a serious health condition that can interfere with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking. Those who are morbidly obese are at greater risk for illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, osteoarthritis, heart disease, and cancer.
Do you know anyone taking medication for any of those conditions? Guess what the best way to prevent these conditions or cure Yourself? “Eat To Live”
Why do people become obese?
We Eat More. We Consume Too Many Calories. We eat more than we used to. We don’t even know what a Serving Size is and we’re all too quick to “Supersize” it.
The sheer number of calories we consume keeps going up every year, we move less and eat more. Most people would expect this increase in calories to consist of fat – not so!
Most of the increased food consumption has consisted of carbohydrates (sugars). Increased consumption of sweetened drinks has contributed significantly to the raised carbohydrate intake of most young American adults over the last three decades. The consumption of fast-foods has tripled over the same period.
Fast Food, is Fast, it’s easy, always available, It’s Cheap! The real Question, Is It Actually FOOD? We’re too lazy to shop and cook ‘Real Food’ for ourselves… even with a microwave. Now they make it even easier to deliver this junk to your obese, lethargic body. There’s a good chance that you can pick up your cell phone right now, order whatever (and as much as you think) you might want, without having to move even one step until you went to answer your door when it’s delivered.
Various other factors also may have contributed to America’s increased calorie and carbohydrate intake:
- In 1984 the Reagan administration freed up advertising on sweets and fast foods for children – regulations had previously set limits.
- Agricultural policies have led to much cheaper foods.
- The US Farm Bill meant that the source of processed foods from subsidized Corn (GMO), wheat and rice became much cheaper than fruit and vegetables (Real Food).
We Move Less
With all of our wonderful modern conveniences, televisions, computers, video games, remote controls, washing machines, dishwashers, robot vacuums and other modern devices, the majority of people are leading a much more sedentary lifestyle compared to their parents and grandparents.
The simple act of shopping for our food becomes too much of an effort, let alone taking the time to cook it. Who can be bothered?
Because of our dependence on the car has become so strong that even your average Gym Rat, will drive to the gym if it’s only half-a-mile away. I know kids at work that workout every day and think I’m nuts to walk around the block during breaks at work. Yeah, I’m Nuts!
This is not about calories burned. Physical activity has an effect on how you feel. How your hormones work, and hormones have an effect on how your body deals with food. Several studies have shown that physical activity has a beneficial effect on your insulin levels – keeping them stable. Unstable insulin levels are closely associated with weight gain.
They get a late afternoon Double Espresso, I take a walk. Who do you think gets the longer benefit?
I Hate To Admit It But Smoking Does Curb Your Appetite
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Not everyone gains weight when they stop smoking. Among people who do, the average weight gain is between 6 and 8 pounds. Roughly 10 percent of people who stop smoking gain a large amount of weight – 30 pounds or more.”
The Good News is that on “Eat To Live” there’s No Need To Curb Your Appetite, Eat as much as you want and Still Lose Weight.
Medications Can Make Patients Gain Weight
According to an article in Annals of Pharmacotherapy, some medications cause weight gain. “Clinically significant weight gain is associated with some commonly prescribed medicines.
The Good News, If you are taking medications for; diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, osteoarthritis, heart disease, or cancer, you can Eat Your Way To Good Health and Stop Taking Those Medications. (Of course with your Doctors advice and permission)
Are We Cursed Forever?
The longer a person is overweight, the harder it becomes to lose weight. Many fear that Obesity is a Permanent State and that Obesity Promotes Obesity. Any obese person who loses just five to ten percent of their body weight will have significant improvement in health – this would mean between 12-25 pounds for an obese person who weighs 250 pounds.
Let’s put that fear to rest, right now. I don’t care where you are right now, what your weight is or how long you’ve been at that weight or even if your weight is going up. You Can Take Control TODAY! With your very Next Meal.
Don’t Do As I Say… Do As I Do… Eat To Live… Eat What I Eat… You Will Never Be Hungry… You Will Lose Weight… The More You Weigh The Faster You Will Lose.
Normal Is Obese! I don’t want to be Obese, or Normal or Fat or Pleasantly Plump…
I want to be the Best I Can Possibly Be… What Do You Want?
You can be 10 pounds lighter in One Week. 20 pounds lighter on average in 6 Weeks.
You’ll never want to go back to being overweight ever again.
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