A Battle of Great Proportions: The Fight Against Obesity

Studio shot to illustrate OBESITY PREVENTION Model

The obesity epidemic facing the United States and other developed countries has reached crisis proportions in recent years, with data from the Centers for Disease Control showing that 1 in 3 Americans are obese, which greatly increases their risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. It’s clear that we need to do something about this problem—and fast—but what? In this post, I examine the root causes of obesity in America and other countries around the world and discuss why nutrition education has become so vital to our overall health.

What Is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that it may have a negative effect on health. People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person’s weight by the square of his or her height, exceeds 30 kg/m. Obesity increases one’s risk of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. As obesity levels increase in a population, so does its economic burden. This can take many forms.

Causes Of Obesity

Approximately 60% of Americans are overweight. In fact, more than one-third of Americans fall into a category that’s clinically defined as obese. Weight loss surgery is becoming increasingly popular—and common—for people who suffer from obesity. And while it may be helpful for some, many patients struggle to lose weight after undergoing bariatric surgery. There are several reasons why patients have trouble losing weight after bariatric surgery, but diet plays an important role in success or failure post-surgery. What you eat before and after your procedure can impact your ability to lose weight long term. Before having weight loss surgery, consult with your doctor about how to prepare for your operation by making changes to your diet. This will help ensure that you maximize benefits and minimize risks associated with weight loss surgery.

How To Prevent Becoming Obese

Study after study shows us that Americans are getting fatter, but what we eat is not necessarily making us heavier. Scientists have found that a large portion of our weight gain is due to decreased physical activity, not more calories. To prevent becoming obese, exercising regularly is essential. Exercising helps keep you lean and strong while also curbing your appetite. By boosting your energy level with exercise, you’ll be less likely to turn to junk food or excessive alcohol consumption as a way to make yourself feel better during hectic times.

Health Benefits of Healthy Living

Some diet changes may provide greater health benefits than others. By now, we all know that eating healthy is good for you—but different diets can provide slightly different health perks. For example, a diet high in fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes while also providing other minor benefits like increased bone strength. There are even some diets designed to help with specific health conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease. While these changes won’t cure your condition or prevent them entirely, they can at least ease symptoms associated with them (and often with little to no side effects).

Barriers To Preventing Obesity

Although America has made a lot of progress in combating obesity, there are still many barriers to fighting it effectively. For example, some children see their parents as role models for healthy eating. However, a new study shows that 40% of children whose parents say they watch their weight are obese or overweight. If a parent says they watch their weight but then eat high-calorie food in front of them, what lesson do they think that child will learn? Another issue is marketing junk food. All over America, we can see fast-food restaurants bombarding us with ads for high-calorie items like burgers, fries, and pizza in hopes to get us to eat more than we should each day.

5 Tips to Help You Lose Weight Fast!

Child drinking milkshake with a straw
Child drinking milkshake with a straw

Eating Right for Your Body Type If you’re overweight, your doctor may recommend that you lose a few pounds. For some people, that means anything from five to 10 pounds; for others, it can mean 50 or 100 pounds or more. Whatever weight-loss goal you have in mind, losing weight is all about eating right for your body type—and taking action! Here are seven tips to help you stay on track with your diet goals.

1. Eat Breakfast Every Day It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat breakfast but does make sure to eat something every morning. Skipping breakfast will make it harder for you to control your appetite later in the day, leading to overeating and unhealthy snacking habits.

2. Avoid Sugar at All Costs Sugar makes our hunger cravings fluctuate quickly, meaning we end up consuming even more calories over the course of the day. If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s a good idea to monitor your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates, as you might be surprised to learn just how easy it is for calories to sneak into treats. For example, a glass of juice or sweetened coffee could bump your overall calorie intake by as much as 800 calories. To lose weight safely but quickly, switch to a sugar-free diet.

3. Choose Healthy Fats When You Cook This tip is especially important if you’re watching your cholesterol levels closely or are following a heart-healthy diet plan like DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Oils like olive oil and coconut oil are great choices because they provide healthy fats without adding too many extra calories.

4. Pay Attention to Portion Sizes Just because the food comes in small packages doesn’t mean it’s low in fat and calories! In fact, portion sizes have increased dramatically in recent years, making it easier than ever to overeat without realizing it. Keep an eye on serving sizes and try not to exceed them when you’re out shopping or dining out.

5. Choose Whole Grains Whenever Possible A whole grain contains all three parts of its kernel: bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains contain only two parts of their kernel—the bran and germ are removed during processing, leaving only starchy white flour behind. Studies show that whole grains promote fullness longer than processed grains do.