Obesity: A Global Epidemic

The advances of the last few centuries have culminated in a society that has the means to live longer than ever, cure cancer and even make cosmetic changes that were considered impossible only a few decades ago. In addition to this, advances in transportation and mass production have made it possible for the human race to have more food readily available than ever before in history. But despite these scientific and social advances, over seventy percent of the population is overweight and suffers from illnesses that are completely unnecessary and preventable.

It seems that scientific advances in the field of medicine are powerless when faced against the high demand for the fast, cheap food that is poisoning us every day. And if you need further proof, keep in mind that doctors are speculating that today’s generation of adults will outlive their own children, who’ve never know any other type of food.

Amongst these food related illnesses, obesity reigns supreme. Any one who is more than 40 pounds over weight is considered obese. And obesity is considered an illness because it shortens your life span and directly affects your quality of life. This is because obesity is not an isolated illness, but rather comes in hand with other, more serious problems such as cholesterol and diabetes.

Whereas obesity was considered a genetic ‘affliction’ before, it is now seen as an economic trend that affects the vast majority of poor, uneducated people across the world. And with this new trend, the social gap between lower and middle classes has never been wider. Why? Because poor people can’t afford gym memberships, chiropractors or organic food. Instead they eat canned foods and go to county doctors that have no time, or patience to teach them how to change their eating habits.

To make things worse, a new type of discrimination has sprouted with the social gap that separates people that are obese from people that are not. Although considered illegal, many clothing stores won’t hire people who are obese because they feel it creates a bad image. In the case of many fast food restaurant chains, you will find that most cashiers are slender and most of the overweight employees are working ‘behind the scenes’ in the kitchen or cleaning.

But aesthetics aren’t the only aspect that employers take into perspective when they are faced with hiring someone who is obese. Statistics prove that obese individuals tend to work slower, are capable of less exertion and are more likely to get sick. It is because of this that people who are obese have a harder time finding work.

Obesity is really a social illness that is caused by the greed of large food and pharmaceutical industries that benefit from having a sick population bent on eating fast and cheap. What we don’t realize is that we are eating fast and cheap at the cost of our health, and it is our own ignorance in the fields of nutrition and health that keep the wheels of corporate greed turning.

But fortunately for us the solution is simple: to learn on an individual level how to take care of your body and make the personal commitment to change.

Comments

  1. I want to change the way of eating I start good when I put my mind to it but some were down the line I give up and do not care about it any more. It has been very hard for me to loose the weight. Almost all of my doctors say I need the lapband surgery. I have been through too many surgeries I do not want the lapband surgery. I want to loose the weight but I do not want to leave behind the foods that I like. Thank you for your tips.

    • Cristal Munoz says:

      Dear Beatrice,
      I salute you for not giving up! Dont worry about all the weight you need to lose. Worry about making MODERATE but PERMANENT changes in your health. Like most people, you’re probably focusing on what you DON’T want to do or give up to lose weight (such as giving up the foods you like). Trying to do that is like trying to paddle upstream. Instead, ask yourself: “what foods that are making me stay overweight can I dispense with?”. Maybe it’s your morning cereal & orange juice, or the sugary granola bar you eat as a snack. These foods might be somewhat healthy, but they would still contribute to your body weight, and you probably don’t even like them that much. Once you have weeded out unhealthy or fattening foods that you don’t like, focus on reducing the foods you do like.
      Best of luck!

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