Obesity: Where to Start?

Obesity is a huge problem. We know this. It’s no secret.

2 out of 3 Americans are obese or overweight. But this isn’t new information.

So how do we solve the problem?

Ask my dad how to fix the obesity epidemic and he’ll tell you that obese people should “get off their lazy butts and start moving.”

Right, because that kind of thinking  has been really helpful for the last 20 years. It causes a stigma against people who are OW/OB (discrimination), not to mention it doesn’t help the problem…probably exacerbates it.

Our bodies are really smart. Body tells the “owner” when it needs fuel, when it needs water, and when it needs to fight/flight. Body will heal itself when it is injured and lets the owner know when it needs a break. Body also compensates for our mistakes. If we are gorging ourselves, Body knows that. Body takes that extra “fuel” and stores it as fat. There’s part of the problem. All of us over eat at some point, right? What do you do after you binge or have a huge meal…you SIT. Body just wants to digest, which gives us owners a reason not to listen to Body and move it. Obesity can be tied to emotions, negative memories, childhood habits, poor family relationships…the list goes on.

So where to start?

Motivational interviewing. Think of it as teaching a man to fish…except, teaching a man to exercise, eat right, and enjoy life.

Intuitive eating. Listening to body and giving it what it needs, when it needs it.

POINT: Change public opinion about the OW/OB stigma. Motivate people to want to change. Teach them how to take care of themselves.

For more info:

Small Steps program: government program to help people get movin’

U.S. Obesity trends: look at the map, motivated yet?

The Economic Consequences of Obesity

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