According to studies, around 35% of Americans are obese making us one of the most overweight countries in the world. Obesity is measured by having a body mass index (BMI) of over 30. The additional health costs per person are over $1400 per year. Is candy and coke really worth that cost?
There’s many causes contributing to our increased weight. First world countries with growing white collar jobs almost always grow their waistlines alongside their wallets. Your employment’s activity level can have a major effect on weight and most Americans sit when they work. While that’s a contributing factor, it’s not the major cause.
There’s many positive effects of capitalism, but there’s always side effects to good things. Less is not more when it comes to the food industry. While the notion of serving size is beneficial, it doesn’t help when the limits are increased. Restaurants won’t cut back half the food to what you should eat. They are financially incentivized to increase portions, not to mention that many foods have become cheaper due to the mechanization, sterilization, and globalization of our food supply.
People are always talking about losing weight. There’s thousands of diets and exercise plans and even some “quick fix” drugs or surgeries. Yet, if these were effective, why are 35% of us spilling over the sides of our pants??
While there is in some (less than you think) cases were genetics predisposes an individual to weight gain, most of us have full control over what shows up on that scale in the morning. Here’s a quick fix. Eat more vegetables, the healthiest populations of people eat more than the sicker populations. Eat slower and less. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to know it’s full! By then, most Americans are on dessert! Slow down and enjoy the taste. You’ll be surprised how good food can taste when you take time to enjoy the sensation rather than stuffing your face frantically. Funny enough, fast food commercials show people slowly biting and smiling and enjoying food. That’s how you should look, just replace the Big Mac with an apple or carrot.
Do you understand what a food coma is? It’s your body’s EMERGENCY mode. Your wonderful, God-given vessel has a mechanism to store food in times of scarcity. If you eat a lot and fast, your body thinks you are in danger and triggers chemicals to store the food. That weird tiredness is all the excess blood in your body rushing to your stomach to deal with impending doom! Except you are fine and you intend to eat 5 hours later. STOP THAT!
Eat better, slower, and lesser. I believe that would solve 80% of our obesity problems. Don’t take for granted the great wealth God has blessed you with, enjoy his bounty!