Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Facts About Obesity

It makes a person pause when you read the headline: “No scars: New obesity surgery goes through mouth”.

What a concept. No scars, less pain, quicker healing – like my Dad used to say, “What will they come up with next?”

After reading this article, I had to think: while there are many obese people that have serious physical ailments causing their weighted state, there are no doubt many who are suffering from an avoidable condition.

What has changed in North America? Why is this procedure even required? While the statistics are not quite so alarming in other places, the numbers are quickly moving up in the United States. The main reason is the increased reliance on fast-food today.
· 58 million overweight *
· 40 million obese
· 3 million morbidly obese
· Eight out of 10 over 25's overweight
· 78% of American's not meeting basic activity level recommendations
· 25% completely sedentary
· 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 yrs old since 1990

While shocking, these overweight and obesity statistics bring to light some of the very real problems affecting people today - again making us wonder as to why do people get fat?While the tendency to be overweight is generally inherited, obesity can also occur when a person consumes more calories than they are capable of burning. Some of the other causes of why people get fat are as follows:


As one gets older, the body's ability to metabolize food is lowered, as is the amount of calories required by the body to maintain weight. Therefore, while people continue to have the same diet as they when they were 20-years-old, their body, however, just can’t copy the same way.


It is no great secret that women generally tend to struggle with their weight more men. This is because men have a higher resting metabolic rate than females, and thus they require more calories in order to maintain their body weight. Also note that with the onset of menopause in women, the body's metabolic rate slows down, thus leading to weight gain.

Physical Activity

Until and unless an individual exercises regularly, the fat in the body keeps building up, thus adding to the person's weight. Active individuals require more calories than less active ones to maintain their weight and physical activity also tends to decrease appetite in obese individuals while increasing the body's ability to metabolize fat.


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