Have you ever sat up late at night and watched old black and white TV show reruns? Have you ever noticed how few over weight people were in them?
I am not picking on anyone’s weight or body type, I am simply wanting to write about an issue that I deal with every day at work, the myth of quick weight loss in modern America. This is a fairy tale that all too often does not have a happy ending.
- More and more Americans are overweight to flat out obese. So, have you ever wondered what the difference between obese and overweight is… well according to the Body Mass Index charts, a person is overweight with a BMI of 25-29.9 and Obese is a BMI of over 30.
BMI is determined by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height squared
(height would need to be in meters).
Don’t worry there are tons of internet sites to go to be able to figure your BMI with just your weight in pounds and your height in inches.
So, why are we as a society so overweight?
Well, if I could answer that I think I would be doing more than being a small town family doctor and writing blog post after my kids are in bed. I personally think a great many things are to blame.
First, we as a society have an overabundant, relatively cheap, and safe food supply.
Second, many members of our society really on prepackaged and processed foods for their nutrition. No fresh anything in their homes.
Third, we as a society love sodas. Sodas are loaded with carbonation which increased heartburn, calories, sugar, and chemicals that are hard on our bones.
Fourth, most people in America have no concept of portion sizes or how many calories that they need to be eating.
Fifth, we as a society do not get up and exercise enough.
Apparently, according to late night TV there is supposed to be a pill that fixes all these issues.
Then as a few final thoughts as to the obesity issues in America, I think our society turns,as a whole, to food for comfort. When someone has a celebration, birth, death, a whatever – we eat. And we tend to overeat at celebrations.
Also, we as a society seem to lack personal responsibility for our choices. It is easier to blame McDonald’s for super sizing the menu than to blame ourselves for ordering and eating off said menu.
I think weight loss through pills or surgery is a myth, a modern fairy tale if you will. I have seen just as many people struggle with their weight after weight loss surgery as before. All the surgery does is make it harder to eat, so in theory would duct tape across the mouth.
Obesity is a pandemic facing most of the world at this point. And like I said I talk about this just about every day. I struggle with my own weight on a daily basis. I have been every weight from 159 pounds to 236 pounds. Since I am 5 foot 10 1/2 inches that gives me a BMI of 22.5 to 33.4.
People who skip meals and binge all their calories at supper tend to over eat and not loose weight.
But boy has this been an uphill trek and they did not teach me any of this in medical school.