Why Are We Gaining So Much Weight?

Why Are We Gaining So Much Weight? The onslught of obesity as a whole has become increasingly concerning. In just a short period of time, we have transformed from a relatively fit population to one that is exploding at the seams. From 1980 to 1991 obesity rose in men 8% to a total of 21% and 9% in women to a total of 26% of the total population . In a single year from 1999 to 2000 the obesity rate skyrocketed to 28% of men and 34% of women. To put this into perspective, the obesity rate in 1960 was less than 1% of the total population.

why are we gaining so much weight?

Heredity plays a part into some of this but we can’t blame genetics on all of this increase- After all, our genes haven’t changed over time. Some of the largest factors are: Sedentary lifestyles &  High caloric foods- Consuming more calories then we burn off will eentually cause weight gain.

Besides our genes, other factors include environmental and cultural influences, metbolic effects and behavior issues. Some people can consume large amounts of sweets and never gain weight, and others struggle counting every calorie consumed.

Currently, we’re being exposed to an extreme high caloric food environment. These readily available- high sugar- high carb foods are at every corner tempting us. For some the low cost and convenience over rides the fact that they’re not healthy. For others the – getting a better bang for their buck- in receiving extremely large portionsentices them. The “BIGGIE” sizes have now become the norm compared to what a serving was just a couple decades ago. The most alarming low of these conveniences are what it has done to children. According to a study- 1/3 of all children consume a fast food meal EACH DAY on top of an astounding amount of sugar consumed each day.

Why has physical activity stopped at such a drastic rate especially in children? Well, we have become a nation of tv-viewers and video-gazers. Less than 33% of children take physical education class and more than half adolescent- teenagers participate in any type of stringent activity. Homes no longer have sidewalks for children to play., shopping centers are no longer with in walking distance, kids are no longer allowed to walk to school and we use elevators and escolators rather than taking the stairs.

 

The health risks of obesity are rising dramatically. From heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma to infertility and depression. How do we stop gaining so much weight? Here’s a few tips to help you get back on the right track:

 

EXERCISE- even if its 10 minutes. it counts. Take the stairs- not the elevator. walk 30 minutes of your lunch break. Get in a vigorous workout on your days off.

EAT SMALLER PORTIONS- use a smaller plate- fill it up and don’t go back for seconds. Drink a glass of water before you start eating. Try to eat a bit slower- you will notice when you’re actually full and not overstuffed

DON’T EAT WHEN YOU’RE BORED- go for a walk or  read a book. try getting in some activity rather than opening the refrigerator door and the pantry.

EASE UP ON SNACKS AND SOFTDRINKS- these are empty calorie foods thats are typically high in carbs sugars and CALORIES!!!

READ LABELS- read ingredients- low fat and fat free may not always be the best choices- plus the textures and tastes often don’t satisfy you.

 

The bottom line is- reducing your weight not only improves your physical health but your mental healt too. Improve your health, reach your weightloss goals and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

 

2017-04-20T23:06:17+00:00 November 15th, 2014|Categories: Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |

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  1. Simone May 2, 2015 at 5:56 am - Reply

    One reason so many people are obese is antidepressant medications. Doctors hand them out like candy and anyone who has gained weight from then can tell you that you just can’t take the weight off by dieting. They just pile the pounds on so fast you don’t know what hit you! My husband was given a series of antidepressants that didn’t work, then one of them made him gain 60 pounds in 4 months. He never changed his eating habits nor his exercise routine. He couldn’t take the weight off until he saw an endocrinologist who helped him with a couple of medications — not “diet pills” but other meds that tweaked his metabolism. Something to think about, friends.

  2. Papillon July 20, 2015 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Having been in the food industry for 35 years, let me tell you this:
    The food industry replaced fat in their foods with sugars as flavor carrier. About 40 years ago when fat suddenly became “bad”. Sugar is now in all of your foods, under many different names. In restaurants, if they want you to like their food, most of them are prepared with sugar but you won’t know it. When I grew up, I’d get a piece of candy here and there, maybe twice a week. The sugar industry has spent hundreds of billions of dollars worldwide since the ’30 to hide the fact that sugar pleases he same zones in your brain as heroin and that you get addicted to it. And now you give it to your children daily. Sodas are some of the worst offenders. Sugar is an empty carbohydrate that will be turned into body fat and will stick to you like glue. Unless you buy and cook you own fresh vegetables, cook your own meals, and stop drinking sugared drinks, you will not be able to avoid it. Sugar is s drug, take it from me, a drug dealer (sugar, cog grime, alcohol, nicotine) of 35 years. It’s to make money of the dependent uninformed masses. More people die each year worldwide and especially in the U.S. than of many other causes. And even if you don’t conse it, you pay for the others consumption with your taxes.
    EDUCATE YOURSELVES!

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