Obesity, as usual, is a growing concern around the world. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology implies that as technological advancements minimize physical output, while intake continues unabated, and in many cases increases, the collective waist line of the world will keep swelling. These don’t sound like very insightful words from a group of scholarly doctors, but the truth is people don’t watch what they eat, and exercise too little.
Watching what one eats requires knowing what is being eaten; not just the name of the dish, but the ingredients, and their portions. No matter how detailed the menu is at a restaurant, a patron can never fully know the ratios of fat, sugar, salt, etc. in the food they are eating. Eating prepared food consistently hampers a person’s ability to keep track of their daily input, and it’s always far worse than they think.
Many experts tend to agree that obesity many times begins with a certain attitude. There is no food on earth that willingly attacks a person and makes them fat. The desire to feel endorphins after gorging on a tasty meal is a real treat during the holidays, but a few times a year doesn’t make a person obese. Chronic, persistent patterns of neglect and denial coupled with ignorance of the reality of dietary pitfalls are common gateways to obesity.
It has been argued by that most people know what they are doing wrong. While collectively seeking a reason as to why the population is suffering from obesity, the clinical nature of scholarly observations sometimes misses the boat. Additionally, people visualize their diets largely in terms of what they eat. Thousands of calories, grams of sugar and sodium are drunk by people daily, but because of an outdated paradigm that has to be erased, solid food is largely consider the obesity culprit.
Modern documentaries and opinions seem to direct the blame, not to the individual eating the food, but the industry or company manufacturing it. Strengthening thinking that detaches itself from responsibility, the food industry are portrayed as guilty of producing something too tasty to resist, while failing to disclose what people should already know: eating processed foods and sugary drinks is not healthy.
The heart of the problem of obesity goes back to the kitchen. To stay lean and fit it is recommended by experts that people cook and prepare their own meals. In a way, scientists were correct in declaring a lack of activity as a major player in the ongoing descent into the pit of obesity. The same dish that could be cooked at home, once served in a restaurant is usually prepped ahead of time by a vendor. That prepping can include precooking, adding preservatives and ingredients not listed on the label to prolong shelf life and storage time.
While giving restaurants more flexibility, these steps decrease the nutrition of the food. Additives that keep consumables from rotting are not part of the natural content, and therefore not necessarily good for you. Not to say that these things are always bad for you, but the farther from the source of the food (ground, tree, animal) it gets, generally, the less nutritional value the food will yield.
It is largely recommended that the first step to take when deciding to eat healthier and lose weight is to arm oneself with a good education. In the information age, ignorance is largely a choice, and the truth about obesity and the many tools we have to wage a successful war against it are plentiful, and in many cases free. To sum up the core of battling obesity it would be “eat less and exercise more.” Sounds simple, but the mental decision to become a person that takes those steps is the hardest part of the journey. In the spirit of prevention being ten times better than a cure; desire to improve is always a better reason to start, than fear of being sick.
Obesity battle techniques:
1 Get educated. Read as much as you can and ask questions. With fit and healthy people, and especially at the gym, ask the staff about nutrition and dieting; it’s their industry and they love to talk about it.
2 Work on the mental side of the problem. Attitude is a huge part of developing better habits against the behaviors that lead to obesity. Find people to be accountable to, and leave any defensive attitude behind.
3. Have a positive attitude about who you are now, and the future. Make an effort to recognize changes and accomplishments along the way. Very little is as motivating as results, but take it one day at a time.
Opinion by J. Benjamin