By the day, the number of adults who show signs of obesity or are overweight is steadily rising. Most people who find themselves in such situations tend to resort to thinking that since they are not the only ones with such a conundrum, everything is A-Okay.
In truth, the masses seem to be blinded by such school of thought. Peer pressure is one of the greatest influencers in the world, either consciously or otherwise, that has people believing that it’s perfectly okay to be significantly heavier than the “normal” weight range as outlined on a body mass index (BMI) or on doctor’s height-weight chart.
Mary A. Burke, an economist working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, considered as a pro when it comes to the study of social norms, claims that as Americans have steadily gained extra pounds in recent times, the mentality has greatly shifted. Today, what is considered normal is quite bulkier than initial projections. Together with a team of fellow researchers, they banded up together and published a study in 2010 that showed that a growing number of overweight adults, comprised of 21 percent women, 46 percent men, actually consider their weight to be just “about right.” Most recently, in the last year, a separate study by JAMA showed that adults who were overweight or obese were not making attempts to shed any pounds.
One of the team of specialists in JAMA posited that low cardiorespiratory fitness is a greater risk to health than obesity. The team, spearheaded by Ann Blair Kennedy of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, was able to cite a 2014 study that showed unfit individual had a greater risk of death compared to normal-weight individuals who were physically fit.
As Examinedexistence.Com document, the overweight and obesity phenomenon in America and the rest of the world is relatively new. Up until 1980, the mean weight of American adults and children was quite stable. After that, the graph rapidly rose until recently, due to enhanced awareness levels has there been a sign of waning off.
Some of the factors cited as being contributing factors include the growing employment of women outside the home, which conversely leads to a decrement in home cooking and a greater dependence on packaged and processed foods. In the last couple of decades, business in fast food establishments has also been booming, more people now prefer takeout and restaurant meals. Once this is paired up with declined levels of physical activities, weight gain is inevitable.
Revolutionary commercial weight-loss diets, from the Drinking Man’s Diet to the low-carb Atkins Diet, have come to the fore as the best way to tackle weight gain issues. However, it has been documented that most individuals who start off with those kinds of diets tend to struggle to cope with the diets and soon revert back to their old eating habits. In doing so, most of them regain their old weight, and at times, surpass the initial levels.