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Recognizing Obesity

The obesity rate in America has exploded in the last ten years. We’ve heard time and time again that America is suffering from an ‘obesity epidemic’. This phrase has been thrown around so much that the real consequences of this fact are lost on most people. We, as a nation, ignore this epidemic because of the very reason it is an epidemic; so many Americans are obese. Friends, family members, a large percentage of people found at mega-marts, are included in this epidemic. Obesity is not technically classified as a disease. Because obesity is a feature that is (for the most part) brought on by the result of making poor lifestyle choices, to acknowledge the obesity epidemic would mean criticizing people’s lifestyles. In America critiquing another’s lifestyle is considered politically incorrect and rude. This sensitivity comes from a positive place, but it allows complacency to be perpetuated. Chances are that an obese person knows that they are obese, but if an outsider neglects to acknowledge this fact, the individual’s perspective (on their weight) is myopic and not subject to the reality that public opinion provides. This article is not suggesting that you go out and call your friend a fat-ass, but as a friend you should tactfully acknowledge their weight problem and explain that you’re bringing it up comes from a concern about their health and wellbeing. If possible, have others there for support. Alcoholics have interventions—why shouldn’t the obese? If you are overweight or obese, it is a good idea to find out the specifics. Determine your BMI and body fat percentage. Once you are aware of the severity of your problem, you are better prepared to alter your lifestyle for the better. And don’t lie to yourself; being overweight can lead to many health complications in the near and distant future. Excess fat distorts the human form. Be brave enough to recognize that you have ‘let yourself go’ and make a change in your eating habits and daily physical activity. No one expects you to get into supermodel shape; just try and get into the normal weight range for your age and height.


Recognizing Obesity  

Admitting when you or someone you know has a weight problem