Diet & Weight Loss - Being overweight is not what most of us aspire to. Yet over 62% of Americans are either overweight or obese, and just like our waistlines this number keeps expanding. Unfortunately overweight and obesity is negatively viewed by our society more for aesthetic reasons (e.g. clothes are too tight, thighs too large) than for health-related reasons. The real reasons we should be concerned are more critical to our society, both economically and socially, as well as our own personal health.
Overweight and obese individuals are at greater risk of the following, to name a few:
• Coronary artery disease
• Some cancers
• High blood pressure
• Gallbladder disease
Not to mention that it just plain doesn’t feel very comfortable carrying an extra 10, 20 or more pounds around with you.
Who or what is at fault for the epidemic-like proportions of obese and overweight adults (and children) in our society? The answers are uncertain. Many believe it is the “super-size” generation that has evolved. Portions at restaurants, fast food chains, the candy isle, and even the produce section are two or more times the serving size they were a decade ago. This isn’t the only reason, however.
We believes lack of physical activity, community accesses to physical activity, and sedentary lifestyles should also be added to the equation. Top those with family, work, and social pressures and you’ve got a bag full of reasons Americans are becoming more and more overweight. But these reasons shouldn’t be excuses because you won’t be able to excuse your way out of coronary artery bypass surgery or diabetes.