Thursday, 15 Nov 2018

Obesity Studies Revelations

I’m one of those people that has struggled all my life with trying to keep my weight at a manageable level. Obesity is a label given to people now who are carrying excess weight that threatens their long term health. But back when I was a kid in the mid 1950′s we just called it chubby, or fat or solid build. Sometimes I wonder if using technical names for everyday conditions gives people a sense of unnecessary foreboding and lowers their self esteem in the eyes of their peers. Still, I’m not a doctor or a medical professional, so maybe I shouldn’t comment on obesity in that way as it is, in essence, a serious condition that requires constant monitoring and vigilance to keep it in check.

The social stigmas that go with obesity are both sad and unfounded. People are thought of us lazy and undisciplined because they are carrying extra weight when, as obesity studies have proven, the condition can often times be based on genes and hereditary factors. It is an established fact now that mankind evolved over thousands of years from apes into humans. Unfortunately, many of our survival instincts and genetic needs are still based on our days wandering the savannah and keeping warm in rock caves at night.

Being able to store fat in times of scarcity was a big survival advantage but now that food is available on every corner of the street 24/7 this survival instinct is now redundant. There have been a number of obesity studies over the years and they have all come to varying conclusions. Culture and environment play a significant role in obesity levels as does who you hang out with and what value is put on appearance. There are many different relationship types that can affect obesity levels in our society.

Obesity studies have brought about many changes in attitudes to being over weight and also have thrown new light on ways and means of reducing body fat. Dietary supplements, food counseling and various types of surgery have all developed from the knowledge of obesity studies. There are many doom mongers when it comes to how best to lose weight and look and feel better. What obesity studies have proved over and over is that reducing your weight is a highly personal experience and each method works differently for each individual. It is not a case of one size fits all.