By Amanda Box
I am sure that it comes as no surprise to you that obesity is a HUGE health epidemic.
Some are saying it is the #1 preventable killer. This means that it tops even smoking!
Whether you watch the Biggest Loser or Dr. Oz, the media trumpets about America’s obesity problem. The sad part is that even though our obesity epidemic is “old news,” the problem continues to grow! Currently, one third of America is obese. Some are predicting that by 2030 obesity will consume half of the American population!
Obesity is defined as an accumulation of body fat that is 20% or more than someone’s ideal body weight. Most doctors use something called the BMI (Body Mass Index) to calculate obesity.
Your BMI = your weight in kilograms divided by your height in square meters.
- Under 18.5 BMI = Underweight
- 18.5-24.9 BMI = Healthy Weight
- 25-29.9 BMI = Overweight
- 30+ BMI = Obesity
Here is a quick and easy way to calculate your BMI without having to do the math yourself. http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/
3 Steps to Overcoming Obesity
Many obese individuals don’t even realize the way they are eating is contributing to their weight problem. Unfortunately, most obese adults were also obese as children. Hundreds of thousands of kids are raised on fast food and junk food; some have never even touched a green vegetable or piece of fresh fruit! This has become the reality of America – and an extremely sad reality it is.
- The average American typically gains approximately one pound a year.
- Those over 50 years old gain around 2 pounds a year.
- Those with diabetes gain more than 4 pounds a year!
Some may scoff and say that really doesn’t add up to that much but, when you gain year after year, the pounds tip the scale into obesity.
The irony in all of this is that obesity is one of the simplest health problems to treat! Reversing obesity doesn’t require surgery or multiple hospital visits. Yes, there are a small number of genetic predispositions to being overweight, but most of the time a person struggles with obesity because of their choices.
Tackling obesity involves a strong will and an intense desire to change. But, when you do overcome obesity, it is well worth the benefits:
- Greatly reducing your risk of heart disease
- Lowering your chances of becoming diabetic
- Increased energy and stamina
- Greater self confidence
When someone approaches me trying to solve their obesity problem, I ask them a lot of questions to find out how serious and committed that person is. Many times I find that they just want a quick fix or a magic pill to solve their weight problems. I, however, don’t offer those magical promises. What I do offer is a step-by-step plan to overcome obesity that results in:
- Identification of possible weight-loss inhibiting health factors
- Cleansing of accumulated toxins in the body to increase weight loss capacity
- A well rounded plan for lifelong health and nutrition
#1 Correcting Obesity’s Roadblocks
Before beginning your journey towards losing weight and improving your health, you should eliminate any possible underlying health factors. Many times obesity itself causes health issues. But, sometimes, there are imbalances in the body that contribute to weight gain. Those imbalances can inhibit one’s ability to lose the substantial amount of weight they need to lose to overcome their obesity.
Here are the 3 most common body imbalances that become roadblocks to losing weight:
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