Fat! Fatter! Fattest! It seems we are in a contest with ourselves as a county to continue our #1 ranking in the world as the most obese country. In at least one study, the USA was tops with 30.6% of the population being obese. We were way ahead of Mexico [24.2%] and the UK [23%] This is not a category where being #1 [or even 2 or 3] is good! It means that we have more obese people who are more prone to diabetes and heart ailments and other weight related illnesses.
How Sugar Addictions Work People are born with a sweet tooth. It is in our nature to crave the easy energy that sugar provides, and as long as we get an adequate amount of good, natural sugars from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and even healthy proteins, we can stay out of trouble. The problems begin when we are exposed to more sugar than we need, and when we start to eat less wholesome foods in greater amounts.
We are a fat country! Adults are overweight and we are making our children fatter than ever. Sadly, these obese children tend to become obese adults. In 1980 the national average for adult obesity was 15% of the population and in 1991, no state had an adult obesity rate above 20%. By 2010 - 38 states had adult obesity rates above 25 percent and for 28 of the states there was an increase in the level of obesity.
Obesity is the number one silent killer in the United States, the unfortunate thing is that most people and children especially don't even realize that they are obese until they are suffering medical issues because of it. Some of the medical conditions stem from shortness of breath, high sugar levels, high blood pressure, stomach problems and there are many more.
Obesity has been linked to numerous ailments and a new study just released suggests a link between postmenopausal women and an especially aggressive breast cancer that doesn't depend on estrogen to grow. The study looked at the body mass index (BMI), a measurement of height and weight, of 155, 723 women between the ages 50 to 79 years of age... and the results were shocking.
I have found that in most cases when one person or an entire family is obese or over weight that they feel very much alone at times and isolate themselves from society because of their situation. So no one in the outside world really knows the dangers that they face with their overweight condition. Now the real question is if your obese or over weight does your family enable you or help you with your weight management.
Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic within the United States. According to the Mayo Clinic, childhood obesity is, "a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
A recent study from the UK finds that higher temperatures indoors to ensure you're keeping warm in winter may be one of the causes of obesity contributing to the increasing levels of obesity in the US and other western countries. In the last few decades indoor temperatures in the U.S, and U.K. have gone up, meaning all of us are spending more time in warmer temperatures.
With the rise in obesity more people are opting for stomach banding to assist them to permanently lose weight. This is a radical step but can be beneficial if you have struggled for years to lose weight and keep it off for any length of time, and particularly if your health is suffering or likely to suffer due to your excess weight. The stomach banding procedure involves the placement of an inflatable silicone band around the upper portion of your stomach in order to shrink your stomach, causing you to feel fuller after meals and to 'force' you - so to speak - into taking smaller meals.
Two-thirds of Americans are considered to be overweight, and one-third of those are deemed obese. Does that mean that everybody is just sitting around gorging themselves and doing nothing about it? No, it doesn't. Most Americans are very well aware of the dangers posed by carrying extra weight. However, the times in which we live are stacked against us insofar as weight management is concerned.