Obesity: Why Are We Obese?

Obesity is not always about too much eating and too little exercise. It could be in your genes, or caused by certain medical conditions.

If you are on this site because you struggle with your weight, do not despair. You can overcome it, if you really really follow the tips and suggestions I have provided here on this site, written for people like us.

My name is Dave Colin and I am obese. Saying that is like going to a meeting and confessing my addiction.

Well, I guess that's true, because overweight people have an addiction. It is eating more, exercising less.

In college I was a slim and trim basketball player with no worries about weight. The coach saw to it that we ran every day, whether we wanted to or not.

Then I hurt my right knee and my basketball career was over. This was before they had the great surgical techniques of today. I started putting on a little weight as time went on and have been overweight since then.

What is your own story? Maybe you've been adding pounds and it didn't bother you, but before you knew it your weight got totally out of hand and began to affect your health. 

The Cost of Being Obese

Over 65 Million Americans, 10 million Canadians and 67% of UK adult population are either overweight or grossly obese.

Obesity has become one of the world’s greatest health concerns.

It leads to complications like:

  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Gout
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea
  • Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
  • Infertility
  • Dementia
  • Skin diseases
  • Colon cancer and a host of many many other problems.

The true cost of obesity is beyond measure. Being obese and its complications are the leading cause of death in the developed world.

But, What Is Obesity?

Obesity is the accumulation of excessive amount of fat in the body to the point of it affecting your health.

It is measured by means of a tool called BMI or body mass index. BMI is a measure of your weight relative to your height. It is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared.

  • BMI= weight in kilogram / height in metres2.

Normal body mass index is between 18.5 to 24.9.

  • You can calculate your BMI by taking a measurement of your weight in Kg and your height as well, in meters (M).
  • Multiply your height by your height again to get your height squared (for example 1.8m X 1.8m = 3.24m) and
  • then divide your weight (for example 80Kg) by the result (i.e. 80Kg ÷ 3.24 = 24.69).

I hope this is not too confusing...loads of high school maths here!

If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you are said to be overweight
BMI of greater than 30 is obese. A BMI of 40 or more is classified as being morbidly obese, now referred to as Grade III obesity.

Research has shown that most people start to develop complications unknown to them, when their BMI reaches or is greater than 27. Yes. The complications of being overweight starts to set in at a BMI of 27.

How To Cure Excessive Weight Gain

Is This You?

  •     √ Is your actual weight more than what your ideal weight should be?
  •     √ Can't comfortably sit in an airplane seat
  •     √ Get out of breath when walking a short distance
  •     √ Can't bend over to tie your shoes without great effort
  •     √ Can't play with your kids or grand kids for lack of energy
  •     √ Can't sit on folding or regular chairs for fear of collapsing
  •     √ Can't pass a fast food place without getting "just a snack"
  •     √ Feet hurt when you have to work all day
  •     √ Sleeping companion says you "snore"
  •     √ You think buying chicken by the bucket is a great deal.

If you answered "yes" to the first question and any three or more of the above, you are probably obese.

You are like me a few years ago. I started this journey weighing 388 pounds. I was disabled by my obesity and the problems it causes. Every month I will report to you on how I did on my mission to lose 100 lbs in a healthy, realistic manner.

I wish you success. 

Whatever amount of weight you want to lose, the success or how to cure excessive weight gain lies in:

  • Eating healthily coupled with plate size reduction
  • Adequate Exercising
  • Health conscious behavioral changes
  • Use of weight loss pills and
  • Bariatric surgery in some cases.

Which ever of these combinations you adopt, I am here to be your anchor and support. We are on the way to a better you and me.

Join me online too in my journey and post your thoughts, motivations, pains, difficulties and successes here as we embark on this journey to a healthier us.

I have teamed up with a board certified obesity doctor to provide most of the information on this site.

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