December 21, 2021

The Obesity Epidemic

Introduction

This article discusses causes and consequences of the obesity epidemic. It is not meant to be in any way judgmental.  However, statistics are presented that provide evidence of the negative effects of obesity, including developing type 2 diabetes.
Also read the article in Harvard - School of Public Health An Epidemic of Obesity: U.S. Obesity Trends which provide more detail on this Epidemic. Hopefully, readers who are concerned about their health can view this discussion objectively, and use it to motivate themselves to making healthier lifestyle choices, for their life’s health.

Almost 80 to 90% of obese individuals are diagnosed with diabetes. This statistic displays a clear link between obesity and diabetes. Many studies have shown that being obese markedly increases an individual's risk for type 2 diabetes.

Health professionals are aware that obesity is the main driving force behind the development of type 2 diabetes.

If bingeing or overeating becomes a habit, the person not only risks becoming obese, but pre-diabetic. This is when the person develops a condition called insulin resistance, which leads to having persistently high blood glucose concentrations, a sign of diabetes.

Unfortunately, binge eating and over-eating has become for many a daily habit, rather than an occasional occurrence.  Add to this the way we eat as most individuals follow the Standard American Diet. Plus, the increase in the number of fast food restaurants worldwide is staggering. There are more than 33,000 McDonald outlets in 119 different countries, serving more than 68 million customers every day.

Is it any wonder there is a worldwide obesity and diabetes epidemic?

Obesity – It’s Not Just Physical

The adverse effects of obesity go far beyond one's physical aspect, as it can have negative effects on a person's emotional and social well-being.

While the physical consequences of obesity are obviously discomforting, its emotional effects are even more painful and difficult to treat or heal.  

In the United States alone, the rate of discrimination against people who are obese is increasing at an alarming rate. Obese employees have been labeled as being lazy, sloppy and less competent, compared to their non-obese peers.

In colleges and other educational institutions, obese students have received negative comments from their school mates. They may also experience rejection, humiliation and biased reactions from their teachers and school community.

The increased risk of psychological problems occurs and their self-esteem suffers, which causes emotional problems to appear.

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Conclusion

Obesity and type 2 diabetes are preventable and reversible if you are careful and follow a whole foods plant-based diet. Weight loss and positive lifestyle changes can largely prevent diabetes and other obesity-related diseases.
 
Engaging in moderate to intense physical activity for thirty minutes a day, most days of the week can lower a person’s risk of developing diabetes by up to 40 to 60%.

Although there are many statistics and evidence provided in this eBook, the greatest thing to take away from it is that neither obesity or type two diabetes are unavoidable or irreversible.

Taking personal control of your health requires real effort, but is absolutely worth it, for both longevity and quality of life.

The adverse effects of obesity go far beyond one's physical aspect, as it can have negative effects on a person's emotional and social well-being.

While the physical consequences of obesity are obviously discomforting, its emotional effects are even more painful and difficult to treat or heal.  

In the United States alone, the rate of discrimination against people who are obese is increasing at an alarming rate. Obese employees have been labeled as being lazy, sloppy and less competent, compared to their non-obese peers.

In colleges and other educational institutions, obese students have received negative comments from their school mates. They may also experience rejection, humiliation and biased reactions from their teachers and school community.

The increased risk of psychological problems occurs and their self-esteem suffers, which causes emotional problems to appear.

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