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You can’t pick up a paper or magazine today without reading the fact that America is facing an obesity epidemic.  And when you look at the statistics. . . it’s scary!!  The prevalence of overweight and obesity has steadily increased over the years among genders, all ages, all racial/ethnic groups, and all educational levels.

  • Approximately 19% of children (ages 6–11) and 17% of adolescents (ages 12–19) were overweight in 2000. An additional 15% of children and adolescents were at risk for overweight (based on BMI / body mass index measures). An estimated 70 percent of diabetes risk in the U.S. can be attributed to excess weight.
  • Americans spend $33 billion annually on weight-loss products and services.
  • The cost of obesity to individuals families: It will cost approximately $549,907 for an obese 18 year old to remain obese throughout adulthood.
  • About 25 percent of young people (ages 12–21 years) participate in light to moderate activity (e.g., walking, bicycling) nearly every day. About 50 percent regularly engage in vigorous physical activity. Approximately 25 percent report no vigorous physical activity, and 14 percent report no recent vigorous or light to moderate physical activity.
  • The percentage of children and adolescents who are defined as overweight has more than doubled since the early 1970s.
  • In 1999-2000, over 10 percent of younger preschool children between ages 2 and 5 are overweight, up from 7 percent in 1994
The next question is,”What causes obesity and what can I do about it?”.  This is a short, simple list of the causes of obesity and some things that you CAN do to lose weight and feel better.

Causes of obesity

1.Most of the time, the reason of obesity is OVEREATING. Overeating is caused by:

Skipping meals

Rule number 1 when trying to lose weight.  NEVER, NEVER, NEVER skip Breakfast.  This usually backfires, and you end up eating more calories in snacks and supper.  When we eat is just as important as what we eat. When we skip meals, our bodies start to feel starved.  This eventually leads to overeating, which can start a viscous cycle of starving and then overeating.  When people skip breakfast or don’t eat a breakfast with some protein, complex carbohydrates and fat, they tend to have slower metabolisms.  A balanced (containing approximately 30 grams of protein) breakfast jump starts our metabolism for the day, allowing us to have more energy and burn more fat throughout the day.

Food and calorie intake ideally should be spread out throughout the day.  Our last meal of the day should be eaten at least two hours before we go to sleep.  This is because our bodies need to put their energy toward digestion.  

Getting over-hungry
When you are really hungry, it is hard to make healthy choices.  It’s also hard to eat slowly and to stop when you are satisfied.

Stress

Many people today are now living a hectic and stressful lifestyle. Because they live this kind of life, they tend to eat comfort foods to get rid of stress.

Stress can make you feel hungry even though you just ate. Because of this reason, you will tend to eat more portions and fast food chains are serving food portions that are high in fat, sugar and salt 700 percent larger than what is recommended by dietitians and nutritionists.

2. DRINKING EXCESS CALORIES

Among people who consume sodas and diet soda, there are many obese people . Excess calories from soda, including diet soda can cause obesity.  Regular soda’s contain large amounts of calories and added sugars.  Diet sodas often contain artificial sweeteners, which have been proven to increase your appetite, thus making you eat more, thus . . . well you get the picture.

3. LACK OF EXERCISE

Technology has made our life more convenient and mechanical as ever.  Most people don’t like to walk or use stairs and opt for cars and elevators, further compounding a chronic lack of exercise that many people experience.

The body stores more energy when energy is not exerted.  The lack of exercise causes the body to naturally deposit fat throughout the body.

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