According to the World Health Organization, Obesity is a condition where a person has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health. Obesity is a disease that could be detrimental to your life. This article is not an "anti-fat" campaign, I know our bodies need a certain amount of fat to carry out their bodily function. I am here for self-love and for all the "thick" or "thin" beautiful people out there. I even love fats, BUT there is a big fat (no pun intended) line between a healthy amount of body fat and a heart that can barely pump blood through clumps of fat.
How is Obesity Measured?
Obesity is measured using the Body Max Index (BMI). A person’s BMI is calculated using their height and weight. The BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight, in kg, by their height in meters squared. This should only serve as a rough guide, as different people have different body types and compositions. However, an adult who has a BMI over 30 is considered to be obese by most medical standards.
Did you Know?
1 in 7 people are obese
In 2014, 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese
Most of the world's population live in countries where and obesity kills more people than being underweight
The worldwide prevalence of obesity more than doubled between 1980 and 2014.
Over 2.8 million people die each year from being overweight or obese.
*Stats are drawn from the World Health Organization
What are the Health Risks?
High blood pressure
How did we get so fat?
While some people undoubtedly have a genetic predisposition to being overweight, the fundamental cause of obesity is consuming more calories than we expend. It has been recorded globally that we consume more foods that are high in fats and refined sugars, while simultaneously moving less.
Your body can only handle so much. You are causing your body more harm than good if you insist on taking in more calories ad neglecting any form of physical exercise.
So how do we fight obesity?
Don’t starve yourself
Eat more whole fruits and colourful vegatables
Avoid refined processed foods
Exercise at least three times a week
Drink lots of water
Eat whole grains
Read your food labels, there is sugar in almost everything packaged
Spend more time outdoors - go on long walks or hikes
Eat more high fibre foods i.e beans, vegetables, fruits
Find healthier options for the foods you crave, there's tons out there
Indulge one in a while, balance will keep you on track
Practice moderation, portion control is bae
Stop eating when you are full
Have a healthy support group, could be friends or family
I hope this article helped someone. If you’re fighting with obesity don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends and family or even me. Support is everything.