The latest stats on obesity in America are 1 out of 3 children and 2 out of 3 adults are either overweight or obese. Of course it’s easy to blame the food companies, fast food restaurants and technology, however if you’re are adult, you make your own lifestyle choices. All day long we make decisions that affect our health including: whether or not to exercise; what, when, where and how much we eat; how we perceive and respond to stressors and how much time to allot for sleep and rest.
Many of us think that how we treat our own body is our own decision and nobody else’s business. However with health-care costs associated with sedentary lifestyles and poor diets rising to $147B in 2010, maybe it’s time to accept some self-accountability. The added costs to society doesn’t just lie in the health care arena, it spreads into a myriad of other areas, such as public transportation, sport and entertainment venues and stores. Bus companies and airlines have to remove seats to accommodate larger seats to accommodate bigger bottoms. Public safety is effective as airlines try to offset the increasing weight of our bodies with the weight of the baggage compartment. Entertainment venues have to consider larger size seats as well, which means fewer seats and lost revenue. Supermarkets have to buy expensive motorized carts to allow customers handicapped by their obesity to ride rather than walk to shop the aisles of the store.
All this is happening now and it’s been predicted that in 10 years 43% of Americans will overweight/obese. It’s not that we don’t try to get a handle on out girth. On any given day, 50% of women in the U.S. say they are on a diet. We spend 60+ million annually on weight loss, yet very few of us are successful. I am sure you can think of many people you know, yourself included, that have lost weight “successfully”. Yes, we’re pretty good at losing weight. BUT we are even better at gaining it back and then some! If you lose weight only to gain it back, then the diet or program was not successful. So again, it’s not that we don’t try; it’s that we’re going about it the wrong way.
Weight Loss Success requires making permanent lifestyle and mind-set changes that facilitate your weight loss and allow you to maintain that weight loss. It’s a choice and it takes a long-term commitment.
If you read through my book and/or previous blogs, you’ll discover what it really takes to lose weight and keep it off. You’ll find tips, tools and strategies to improve nutrition, find ways to fit in getting fit, and most importantly how to deal with stress & emotional eating, modify behaviors and adopt a winning weight loss attitude.