The Weight of the Nation: Challenges

2012, Health  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 8.00/10 from 16 users.

The Weight of the Nation: ChallengesObesity is a very serious medical condition, no longer viewed as strictly an issue of cosmetics. It's a contributing factor in the death and disability of too many of our neighbors, friends and family members, and its societal costs are astronomical. Although overall obesity prevalence rates appear to be leveling off, there are still far too many Americans who are overweight or obese - approximately one-third of adults are obese and another third are overweight.

Besides facing an increased risk of premature death, people who are obese are at greater risk of serious medical conditions that can make them very sick, potentially subjecting them to constant pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. Obesity not only drives up health care costs for patients and families, it costs businesses - and the country - tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity and higher employee health costs.

While obesity is often viewed as an issue of personal responsibility, overeating is as much about biology as it is about psychology. There is much we still don’t know about the causes of obesity. Biological research has found that behaviors that are laid down early in life contribute to obesity. Environmental factors, such as access to safe parks and affordable healthy foods, also play a role.

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14 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Lucky John

    I have found that hunger pangs are often caused by the the requirement for water. Feeling hungry, drink a glass of water and often the craving for food is greatly diminished.

  2. GiannaFox

    I think the best thing is to eat according to your blood type. I started eating vegetarian foods because my blood type is the most genetically ''vegetarian'' out of all the four. I do feel much better now. And people whose genetic makeup/blood type does not support a vegetarian diet, well, I am not surprised why they don't feel good leading a vegetarian lifestyle and go back to eating meat. Not everyone is made to be a vegetarian. The point is to eat according to your blood type and listen to your body's needs, not your habit cravings. Quality is better than quantity and taste/looks. Choose clean foods, avoid processed foods, eat AT HOME, HOMEMADE foods and combine vegetables with lean meats, healthy grains (not wheat), no soda, stuff like that. Moderation is key. People these days don't eat enough fiber-rich foods, hence why they can't stop eating and always feel hungry and tired. Fiber keeps you full for much longer. When I was in America on my trip, I was 16 and the family that accomodated me stuffed me with junk and only junk and processed stuff. Man, I was hungry ALL THE TIME. I'd even wake up in the middle of the night to get peanutbutter cookies WITH peanutbutter on them. lol I gained 17 pounds in one month, and I am naturally Never have I gained so much in such a short time in my homeland. The only good thing was that I worked out, so, it mostly turned into muscle, but still. Once I went back home to Europe, I went back on my normal diet (and I wasn't a vegetarian back then, I ate lean meats and your occasional french fries made at home). Lost all the weight I had gained within 2 weeks and never have I been able to gain it all back no matter how much I tried to eat. This goes to show just how bad American diet is, full of empty calories and no nutrients. I felt like I was malnourished by how hungry I was all the time there, while my body was puffing up like never before faster than I could realize. Horrible.

    1. Trisha Mondal

      there is no scientific study indicating different blood types require specific dietary regimen. Good on you to eat high nutrient low cal foods, but its incorrect to base that on "blood type diet"

  3. Alexandru Matei

    Yep - eat less move more. (but eat properly)

  4. dewflirt

    Eat less, move more.

    1. over the edge

      off topic for me i apologize az is back under a new name.i wasn't sure you noticed and thought you would like the good news ;)

    2. dewflirt

      Thanks Edge ;)

  5. John Krisfalusci

    im not obese ^_^ 5'7 130. U idiots need to stop eating mcdonalds and beef and other junk food. make ur own food with vegetables and rice and you will be just like me! trust me

    1. dewflirt

      What? You mean I'll shrink 2 inches? :)

    2. Achems_Razor

      Damn! now that is funny, even though off topic. I was trying to figure out how to reply to @John Krisfalusci: post.

      But you said it for me when he said "you will be just like me" I don't feel like losing about 5 inches in height.

    3. PaulGloor

      You don't need to become a vegetarian, you need to drop excessive fat intake, select lean meats etc, and reduce or get rid of entirely, products with added sugar. There's something to be said about getting your exercise in too tho, I used to always play outdoors, I don't own a vehicle and now, I have a physically intensive job. Ive been skinny all my life on meat, potatoes and the occasional junk food treat. I'm about 5'8 and 150 lbs.

    4. XyzX

      Check out the doc "Fat Head" on this site (debunks Super Size me). Your genes are what's keeping you skinny, John, not your rice and veggies. For the rest of us, carbs make us fat. If someone goes on a diet of pure beef and veggies (he can even eat at mcdonalds every day but throw away the fries/burger buns) they will lose 10 more pounds than someone who eats rice with their veggies. Rice is not weight-loss food, protein is.

    5. GiannaFox

      And as you know, too much is too much. Overdosing on protein will also make you fat.