19 Sep 2013
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
Pants with expanding waistlines are sold in most stores now, and big and tall retail shops are popping up everywhere. More and more, society is moving toward the acceptance of being overweight and obese as "normal."
It's official that the United States is fat. According to the Centers for Disease Control, two thirds of Americans are obese. Even though some seem to be taking such news lightly and as if it's just a fad, it is no laughing matter. Millions of people die each year from overusing a fork, spoon and a latte.
I frequently talk with individuals who deny they even have a weight problem. They argue that God created them to eat and enjoy life to the fullest and not worry about the outcome. I've also found that overweight people often overlook their weight because they feel everyone looks like them.
Reality says that obesity affects society's waistline as a whole. The annual medical cost is approximately $190 billion and increasing daily. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (2009), your odds of being obese is 57 percent if you have a friend who is obese, and 40 percent if a family member is overweight.
And the CDC now categorizes obesity as a disease.
Even though it is clear that being overweight is bad for your health, it doesn't mean everyone who is obese will develop health problems. Still, we must realize that there is a higher risk for developing arthritis, some form of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Studies have shown that weighing a third more than your ideal weight could possibly reduce your life span by as much as three years.
This overweight epidemic can be controlled by adjusting our mindsets and making some small lifestyle and dietary changes.
The key to starting a healthy lifestyle is to do it for yourself and not anyone else. One of my clients, who weighed 430 pounds, lost 15 pounds and was very proud of her accomplishments, as she should have been. The excitement in her eyes said she was on the right path. A family member subsequently told her that she looked good and advised her not to lose too much weight.
Take your life back into your own hands!
We must not set an unreasonable goal to lose weight, but decide that being healthy is more important. The weight issue becomes less a problem once that choice is made.
A plant-based lifestyle can provide a remarkable boost, as it will help improve one's overall health. Mesh it with a well-balanced eating plan, an exercise program of a minimum of 20 to 45 minutes, and learn how to relax.