It is no secret that obesity is an epidemic problem in America today. Admit it, you know someone that is obese or just plain overweight. Obesity affects everyone in all walks of life. You don’t have to be rich or poor and it can happen to children, adults, men, and women and knows no racial boundaries. America’s population is obese to the tune of one third of the entire population.
There are several reasons for obesity but it seems that most people just make excuses for it. The real reasons are lack of exercise and poor diet choices. Get off the couch, hide the cookies and push away that third Big Mac.
Everyone is in such a hurry these days so they frequent a fast food restaurant. They order the “super size,” meal and that means super calories and fat consumption. Labeling food is required but not many people will actually takes the time to read it?
Processed foods, deep fried foods and the wonderful flavors that are added to your favorite restaurant choices is what keeps you coming back; it is also your enemy Who wouldn’t eat more if faced with the choice of super tasty food, instead of just enough to fill us up or fuel our body?
Adults allow their children to eat these fast foods because they don’t have the time or maybe the patience to serve nutritious meals. Letting them eat pre-packaged snacks to occupy them while you are cleaning house or while they watch television is much easier but it equals so many empty calories and no time to exercise will all lead to super lazy, lethargic kids who will more likely than not become overweight adults.
Huge health factors are caused by obesity and these are real killers. Some of these killers masked inside all that extra weight are heart attacks, strokes and cancer just waiting silently to rear their ugly heads. There are other problems faced by the obese or overweight in our society, some of these are psychological disorders, depression and hypertension, along with liver problems, asthma, and cardiovascular diseases.
Maybe you or loved ones suffer from obesity but there is still hope and fight left in you and right now is the time to make some changes. All it takes are some small choices and decisions that will go the long haul in helping you prevent obesity and in a weight loss plan.
You could try mixing up the menu on your family. It doesn’t take any more time to throw together a healthy salad than loading up the car and driving to the first fast food restaurant you can find. Try to avoid serving microwave or pre-packaged food for every meal. Fresh food is less expensive and doesn’t take that much longer than throwing something in the microwave. You and your family shouldn’t be afraid of change; it is the only way to survive in the fight against obesity.
You would not believe the amount of people or children that will tell you they have never had foods such as asparagus, eggplant or cauliflower. You guessed it; these children are usually overweight and come from overweight families.
Simple foods that are fresh and can be used in an endless amount of recipes bring a new taste to the table and they can be good for you. There are a lot of children and even adults that will tell you they hate broccoli or spinach. The funny part of this is that when you ask why, they admit they have never eaten either. Children usually love broccoli or the sharp taste of spinach in a salad if they have ever eaten it.
There is a lot to be said about serving vegetables in abundance with meals. Vegetables are super foods that add nutritional value without adding weight.
Many people have lived by the old rule of eating three meals per day. This does work and it is not too much food if the meals are healthy and nutritious. You can make every meal an event with the family or add foods that you’ve never tried before and it can become an adventure as well.
Eating snacks after dinner is not a habit that anyone should get into. Food consumed right before bed isn’t digested as readily while you are sleeping. Being full right before you go to bed doesn’t help you rest well either.
Gargantuan amounts of food will only serve to make one feel stuffed. A nice filling portion on a plate will satisfy hunger for most of your family.
If you have a lot of stress or emotional issues you don’t want to use food to deal with these problems. You can take a short walk to clear your head instead of packing on several pounds. Then that becomes an issue you have to deal with and that is never good for anyone.
Never promote mindless eating that could lead to weight gain by allowing yourself or your children to snack or eat in front of the television or computer. You should make meals as close to the same time every day and the dinner table is a great place to do so without outside distractions such as television.
You should use common sense when it comes to being overweight or dealing with obesity. There is too much talk these days about health and nutrition for it to continue. When you eat more food than your body works off you will become overweight. Common sense tells you that carrot sticks are by far better than a bag of chocolate chip cookies. You also know that if you must eat some fast foods loaded with fat, you don’t have to partake of every item on the menu.
Snack foods don’t have to consist of sugary, gooey treats just because they taste so good for a few minutes. You can eat a lot of grapes or raisins and have a sweet treat that gives you energy for hours to come. They are healthy and won’t give you that crash you will experience after eating that one pound chocolate bar.
Fighting obesity has become an all out war and we have to diligently consider our health or our family’s health in order to win. The epidemic of obesity in America in 2011 cannot be denied or ignored and can become lessened if we are aware of it and use some common sense. You can do it even though you are one person by changing your own lifestyle, choosing a healthier diet and partaking of a little exercise. You and your family can win the fight against obesity.