Obesity has become an epidemic in America, with approximately 2 in 3 adults being overweight or obese – a number that has more than doubled since the 1970s. How have we let ourselves, our neighbors, our kids become so unhealthy? Not surprisingly, everyone agrees that the obesity epidemic stems from 2 things: people eating too much, and people exercising too little.
Well, this seams fairly obvious. If we continually eat more than our bodies need, we will have a caloric excess. Combining this caloric excess with a lack of exercise will cause these extra calories to turn into fat. Over time, this cycle leads to weight gain, excessive weight gain, and ultimately obesity.
Adding to the problem is the fact that our society is inundating with images of “beauty” and “perfection” that are completely unattainable by 99% of the population. This has given way to the rise of weight loss products that claim to help people “lose weight fast”, but only end up harming the metabolism, cause the weight loss and regain cycle, and often make it harder for people to lose weight the healthy way later on.
These things – excessive eating, lack of exercise, and the rise of weight loss product scams – are definitely aiding to this growing obesity epidemic, but it doesn’t provide the complete picture. Obesity is a complex problem that seems to arise in different people due to different factors. For some, genetics seem to be responsible, while hormonal, metabolic, and behavioral factors seem to be the major culprit for others.
While genetics, hormones, and the metabolism are important factors when discussing the obesity epidemic in America, we’re going to focus on the behavioral factors that are causing more than 75% of adults in our country to become overweight or obese.
As a society, we work a lot. The 40-hour workweek doesn’t exist for many people, and it’s cutting into the time we can spend on physical activity. This decrease in physical activity at work wouldn’t be such a problem if it were counterbalanced by an increase in activity recreationally. All too often this doesn’t happen, and even though the physical activity guidelines advise getting 30 minutes of exercise per day, a recent study from the National Cancer Institute found that less than 5% of adults in America are getting enough physical activity.
Along with this lack of physical activity, the need for instant gratification is another major cause of the obesity epidemic. We know what we want, and we want it now. The same is true when it comes to food – we know we want something that tastes good, and we want it as fast as possible, regardless of the negative health implications. Filling this need is the more than 200,000 fast food restaurants in America that are visited by more than 50 million people on a daily basis. Unfortunately for these 50 million people, a fast food meal doesn’t give your body all of the nutrients it needs to function. Yes, you’ll get calories and you’ll feel full, but unless your body receives the necessary nutrients, it will continue to tell you that it’s hungry.
This is why the SlimGenics STEP™ Program works to help people lose weight – because it’s based on real food and integrated nutrition, helping your body get all of the nutrients it needs every day. Additionally, continuing to eat healthful food and live the healthy lifestyle that is learned through the SlimGenics Program, people actually keep that weight off.
Fortunately, this trend of increasing obesity rates doesn’t have to continue. We know that obesity is generally caused by overeating and under exercising. We know that genetics can play a roll in obesity, but the major factors are hormonal, metabolic and behavioral. We also know that it only takes 30 minutes of moderate-to-intense physical activity to meet the physical activity guidelines!
So, instead of waiting for more of our friends, neighbors and children to become overweight and obese, let’s start a healthy revolution to combat and reverse the obesity epidemic in America! At SlimGenics, we call it NObesity – feel free to join us.