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About Obesity

April 19, 2016

The Letter O


Obesity’s Negative Effects

By now, many of us are inwardly responding with “NOT AGAIN!” when we hear all the hype about the epidemic of obesity. We see it all around us in our daily lives because obesity is one of those disorders that is out there in plain sight. It is worn on our outsides, for the whole world to see.
But there’s more. Because there is also a very strong, emotional component to obesity. This component draws far less attention than the physical risks connected with obesity and a person’s health. The emotional turmoil begins with the battering of a person’s self-esteem and self-regard..the constant inner berating…the stream of negative questions like ‘what is wrong with me’ ‘why can’t I control myself’ ‘why am I different than normal people’ ‘why am I so broken.’

It doesn’t take rocket science to realize the detrimental impact this type of negative self-talk does to a person’s sense of worth and esteem. It causes emotional torment, and it makes turning toward food as emotional comfort more, not less likely. Food has more than likely become a solace; a safe haven. So the cycle is highly likely to continue.

According to present-day research, there are more than 90.5 million (that’s MILLION) Americans who meet the medical diagnosis of obesity. 12.5 million are children. THAT is why there is so much talk about the obesity epidemic. The research proving the connection between obesity and increased heart problems and diabetes is overwhelmingly indisputable.


Spending Money
The high costs of obesity cannot be ignored. In excess of $3 million dollars is spent annually for celebrity endorsements of major weight-loss programs. And then there’s the cost of obesity that insurances and the government. Predictive costs are through the ceiling and needless to say, that gets people’s attention.
If we look at being overweight honestly, even with all the many different plans and programs that are available, mindful accountability, keeping an honest tracking of the foods and amounts we consume over a given amount of time, is our single, most effective tool.


Taking Baby Steps
When it comes to eating, unless food is highly restrictive due to health reasons, we have a lot of choice. And while economics may play a part in the healthfulness of the types of food we can afford, we can always choose to keep portions a little smaller. We don’t have to eat as much today as we did yesterday and for many of us, that can be a great place to start taking back control with our weight.

What behaviors do you find to be the most helpful in maintaining a healthier weight?

One Comment
  1. I use My Fitness Pal to record my calories. I am surprised at how few calories I can actually eat. If i’m eye-balling it, I over eat every time.

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