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Embarking on Your Weight Loss Journey
We all know that it is important to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. So why is it that we are faced with a growing number of obese people in the United States? Some experts go so far so as to call obesity an epidemic. Is that an exaggeration? Hardly. The fact is that one out of three adults are obese. That is a staggering number!
Even worse is the obesity among children and teens. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the obesity rate in children (ages 6–11) in the United States increased from 7% in 1980 to just under 18% in 2012. Furthermore, adolescents (ages 12–19) increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same time span.,
This is concerning because obesity can increase the risk of many types of cancer, heart disease and other health conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing well over a half million people each year. With the obesity rate so high, it is easy to see why the deaths from heart disease are so high as well. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. If the current trends stay the same, there will be a projected 36.3% of worldwide deaths from cardiovascular disease in 2020. That is 8% higher than in 1990.
There’s a big disconnect from what we know and what we take action on. As Thomas Edison said, “Knowledge without application is useless.” We have so much information literally in the palm of our hands. Our phones are like mini-computers that have access to the ever-growing information on the internet. However, with all that knowledge of how to lose weight, there is no action being taken. This is evident by the previous statistics I referenced. I believe people are not taking action for two main reasons.
First, it is overwhelming to navigate through the sea of weight loss information out there. There are countless of websites and articles promoting how to lose weight. When you first embark on your weight loss journey, you have a positive outlook that you will accomplish your dream and get to your destination easily. But along the way, the ocean gets a little choppy. You start to read more and more articles, some advocating opposite viewpoints. The headlines ring through your head like a gun shot fired in an alley.
- “Fish Oil Supplements Help You Lose Weight!”
- “Fish Oil Gives You Cancer!”
- “The Carb Only Diet!”
- “The Max Protein Diet!”
- “Eat Fruit before Your Meals!”
- “Fruits Make You Fat!”