This is an Epidemic!!!
I guess we did not see this coming, did we? Well, open your eyes and look around. I don’t consider it a pretty sight. There is a Obesity Epidemic! All of these obese people, different ages, appear to not care at all about themselves or their loved ones. Don’t get too upset there.
Nine percent of the 12-19 year olds in the USA have either obesity or morbid obesity. Let that sink in.. Children that are experiencing problems that, well they shouldn’t. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease and more. An obesity epidemic- Is this sinking in ??
These are Children!!
Highly unlikely these children will enter adulthood anything but obese. Why, someone please tell me why? Who did this to these boys and girls? Are those responsible in prison? Should they be in prison?
Doctors, some anyway, are speaking of bariatric surgery. On children!?!! Who is responsible? How did this happen? This obesity epidemic, is this sinking in?
There is well documented and easily obtained information regarding the health problems facing the obese. Why is it that so many continue to ignore this, are their doctors telling them a different story?
Maybe they have bought into all the “big and beautiful” and claims that you can be healthy and live a long life, while at obese or maybe morbidly obese. Wonder why they call it morbidly. OK it is saved for the heaviest of the obese.
I’m not saying that everyone is not beautiful, in some way or ways. Seems like a certain segment does not care how long they live, how much pain the diseases may bring.
Regretfully, I have been no angel, weighed a lot more. I was obese. It took me a long time and effort to arrive where I am now. But it is worth all the time and effort.
The CDC has Much more Information on this Epidemic
Here is a video from the CDC about this topic. More info after the break. Time to go for a snack, make mine carrot sticks, please. The Obesity Epidemic video from the CDC.
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Like to check your BMI? Check Adult and Childs BMI Click for CDC BMI Calculator Adult
What is obese? Obese is a BMI of 30 or over. I know my BMI is 23.7
Did you check your BMI? What was it? Are you satisfied? Don’t be if you are not in the normal range, you can get it where you want. It may take a little work and a little sacrifice, maybe. Or possibly a lot of work and sacrifice, either way, it will be worth it.
Each pound overweight you are means an increased chance of getting, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol by about 3% The heavier you are, the greater chance of dying from one of these or other ailments.
The CDC states: People that are obese, compared to normal or healthy weight people are at increased risk for serious diseases, health conditions. Some of these are:
- Coronary Heart disease,
- Gallbladder disease,
- type 2 Diabetes,
- Some Cancers (Breast, Colon, Liver, Kidney, Endometrial, Gallbladder)
- Sleep Apnea and breathing problems, low quality of life. Mental Illness
- Clinical Depression, Anxiety and other mental disorders.
- Body pain and having a hard time functioning physically.
- And lastly, for now, all causes of Death.
The most common causes of obesity are overeating and lack of physical activity. This sound insanely easy to correct, or is it just me? Believing this, we have to stop the cycle.
We must raise children of healthy weight and with a knowledge of eating healthy and physical activities. Studies have shown that children that grow up overweight are more apt to become obese.
Who would want to saddle their children with this future? Living with the increased chance of diseases, because they were never taught to eat healthy and exercise.Not one parent that I know, and probably not one that you know either. Right?
The Community Recommendations to Stop the Obesity Epidemic
The community guide recommendations in part:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends behavioral interventions to reduce recreational sedentary screen time among children aged 13 years and younger.
This finding is based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing recreational sedentary screen time, increasing physical activity, improving diet, and improving or maintaining weight-related outcomes.
Evidence includes studies of interventions that focus only on reducing recreational sedentary screen time (screen-time-only) and studies that focus on reducing recreational sedentary screen time and improving physical activity and/or diet (screen-time-plus).
Limited evidence was available to assess the effectiveness of these interventions among adults.
There ARE some additional ways
to become obese:
You are part of the obesity epidemic and may have something else causing your problems. Have your doctor test for these disorders.
Because the endocrine system produces hormones that help maintain energy balances in the body, disorders with the following endocrine systems or tumors affecting them Could be cause you to gain weight, becoming overweight or obese.
People with this condition have low levels of thyroid hormones. These are associated with decreased metabolism and weight gain, even when limiting their food intake. They have a lower body temperature and producing less body heat, means they can not efficiently burn stored fat for energy.
People with this syndrome have raised levels of glucocorticoids, such as cortisol in their blood. High cortisol levels make the body feel like it is under constant stress. Resulting in an increase in appetite and the body will store more fat.
Some tumors, like craneopharingioma, may cause obesity, possible severe. Occurs because the tumors develop near parts of the brain responsible for hunger.
What are your medication doing to you? Possibly more than you realize. Antidepressants, Antiepileptics, Antipsychotics and Antihyperglycemics may cause weight gain, leading to overweight and obesity. There are, surely more meds that are causing weight gain and worse.
Check all of the meds you are taking, speak to you doctor if you are experiencing side effects.
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