How does the US compare to other countries in attempts to fight obesity? Do they do more or less is it better or worse? While doing research on obesity I found many courses and seminars geared toward fitness professionals with the topic of obesity. This is no so in the US and if it is I am unaware of it. Let me know your thoughts.
The United States is undoubted more concerned with obesity than many other countries because we are in the top 3 fattest countries in the world, and we have exorbidant health care costs.
If we could control excess weight gain, we would control many diseases. Lifestyle habits may prevent heart disease, high BP, high cholesterol, stroke and diabetes.
However we talk a big story, many studies, and much focus on exercise, but we have not been able to stem the tide.
We need to look at the source (underlying emotional or physical components) of the symptom (overweightness). Working on the symptoms is not the answer. We may want to focus on teaching our young to contol their food intake and be responsible eaters, instead of feeding them pizza.
Additionally we are afraid to face that we are personally obese, 66% of us are there. We tell our children that it is ok to be who they are, but we don’t tell them that who they are as fat children may be emotionally and physically damaging.
Educating the public is step one. Supporting and following through on what we teach is step two. Options and resources is step three. Taking responsibility in controlling intake is the intrinsic key to step four.