Obesity Trend Causes
There is an alarming trend that has been going on since the 1960s. It is the fattening up of America. Waistlines are expanding along with heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancer. The problem isn't one of willpower, but of toxicity. Three main problems are that the (1) food environment is toxic, (2) city infrastructures are toxic, and the (3) culture is toxic.
Toxic Food Environment
Adults are not immune to the advertising either. Have you ever seen a food ad and went to the store to buy it? Was it for apples and oranges or say a cheeseburger, fries, and a drink. People may think it is only one time, but what happens is that people develop good habits or bad habits. The food companies want you to develop a habit because it is a revenue stream for them. The one time good deal you saw in an ad is more about developing your habit than it is about eating out once or twice.
I had a great idea. How about a billboard near every fast food joint that says fast food causes obesity. It might be a better message than fries and soda taste great. Eat up!
Cheap Capitalistic Foods
Companies, left to their own ideas, will make decisions in their own interests. They hire chemists to put addictive additives in the food. They work with the chemicals to enhance flavors. Sugar and other "harmless" drugs are added to nearly everything. Scientific studies show that consumption of these chemicals alters the body. People eat more of foods that have chemical additives. There is a real food addiction going on that makes it hard for people to lose weight.
People are crammed into smaller and smaller spaces. Does it really make sense to go running down a busy downtown block breathing exhaust fumes, dodging people and traffic, and having people stare at you. It may sound trite, but there are lots of people that don't feel comfortable exercising where they live. Some neighborhoods are so dangerous that people don't dare go out. In some states the streets are very narrow and there are no sidewalks to run or walk on. These may sound like excuses, but people do not exercise all that much. The Surgeon General recommends at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Studies are showing that few people are getting the exercise.
On a brighter note, Colorado has one of the lowest obesity rates in the US. The main reason for this is that the infrastructure for doing outdoor activities is much better than most states. The political arena there cares about the problem. In fact, Colorado also works with local restaurants to try and get meals to be portioned correctly and low in calories.
Eating for Love
Here is part of the emotional eating that takes place. If you are feeling down, you might want to celebrate something with friends or family by eating. How do you celebrate without eating and make it fun? The truth is that a lot of people do not know how to celebrate or have a good time without food. Maybe, as a culture, it would be good to celebrate in other ways. The fact is that around two thirds of the population is either overweight or obese.
Losing weight is about educating yourself, monitoring trends, and sticking with weight loss plans. There are a lot of reasons for obesity and understanding why people are obese will help you to avoid many of the pitfalls.