In the U.S.,
health experts and celebrities
constantly discuss the causes of obesity
If we already know the causes of obesity, then why is it so hard to
If an alien from Mars watched our television or read our
magazines, he would probably ask why humans are so fat. Was it a
natural plan for our species to grow this large?
Facts about obesity
If you don't live in a cave, you have heard that obesity rates are out
of control. This is true in the U.S. and in many other countries. Here are 20 facts on obesity
that will make you wonder what the heck is
Common beliefs about obesity
Most people have some ideas the causes of obesity. Common reasons
they give are:
Dieting and obesity
Every doctor and dietitian says if you want to lose weight you must go
on a diet.
But does this actually work?
calories" diet. Everyone says to eat less and exercise
if you want to lose weight. This is how a counting calories
diet can make you gain weight.
in moderation. Some
dietitians say there are no bad foods.
You can eat anything you like as long as you don't eat too much. Eating
all foods in moderation is similar to counting calories. It often
doesn't work. Counting calories and trying to eat all foods in
moderation are actually causes of obesity.
A toxic food environment
Kelly Brownell, author of Food
Fight, says that one of the main reasons for obesity in
the U.S. is that we live in a toxic food environment. What does he mean?
Foods like this are part of our toxic food environment.
Lifestyle reasons for
chairs. We go from sitting in our car to sitting at work
to sitting in front of the television. Recent research shows that
too many hours sitting
in chairs harms us in unexpected ways.
at night. After a hard day at work, you finally have time
to relax. You eat dinner. Then you keep on eating at night until you go
to bed. You don't need the calories but you do it anyway.
eating. Some people lose their appetite when they are
stressed out. Others find themselves stress eating. Which kind of
person are you?
Health factors in obesity
and overeating. Depression is linked with overeating in
conditions and drugs. There
are other causes of obesity, like thyroid problems and drug side
effects. Work with your doctor to find solutions to these