Let’s face it – very few of us are immune to bearing a little more weight than is healthy or comfortable for us; others are bordering on obesity and that, my friends, is frightening!  Increasing your knowledge of some of the underlying reasons for weight gain may be as important a use of your time as spending an extended period of time on the treadmill.

Obesity as a Global issue…

Apparently this is a global issue… according to the Hindustan Times (Health) the problem is being recognized and information being offered about three simple areas you can check to determine why you, the health conscious one, are experiencing a gain, when you feel there should be at least maintenance, if not a loss.  You’ve been eating right, exercising, taking supplements and keeping hydrated – but nothing good is happening!

  1. Hypothyroidism – insufficiency of the thyroid hormone responsible for maintaining healthy metabolism.
  2. Insulin resistance – the body’s inability to metabolize glucose.
  3. Basal metabolic rate – the rate at which your body normally burns calories.

Also in the news, Mumbai, May 27, 2010 we find additional supporting reference to the same three issues – one of which notes that hypothyroidism may come as a genetic predisposition, that fortunately has an easy treatment through doses of thyroid hormone.

In this same article, Dr. Panikar is quite outspoken about the fact that obesity is the number one cause of insulin resistance.  So what do we do as a nation… as a community… in our own personal responsibility?  Something as simple as monitoring calorie intake and engaging in a bit more vigorous exercise.

In Canada residents in the community of Belleville are taking up arms against obesity… they declared May 29th through June 4th as health and fitness week!   Applause, applause!

According to the article in “The Intelligencer”, this Canadian town noted that 58 percent of their residents are overweight or obese, and at least 46 percent are just simply physically inactive.   That inactivity converts to an economic burden of an estimated $5.3 billion dollars!

The message that hit home in this particular newsclip was that 50 percent of all cancers are preventable – just through making better lifestyle choices, including being more physically active. It is little wonder that the Heart and Stroke Foundation is being proactive in getting people to improve their health… wisely starting with educating the young.

And finally… bringing it home!  My research this morning took me to southeast Missouri, where an Associated Press editorial where the discussion is about a woman who reached a Weight Loss Plateau (WLP) – something that discourages all of us who have worked really hard to shed those unhealthy pounds.  What the young woman in question learned is that our bodies have a natural set point, or ideal weight that battles against us.  Fortunately, the article goes into depth about three techniques that can get you through the discouragement, and shift your body’s belief about what that “ideal” actually is.

  1. Changing your exercise routine so you use different muscles.
  2. Increasing your muscle mass to increase your caloric burn.
  3. Eating more frequently to retain energy through the day.

I trust this article does two things:  First, opens your mind to the seriousness of the problem of obesity and second, offers sufficient information that if you or a loved one deals with this battle – there may be a positive result for you in gaining just one new piece of knowledge; learning one new thing about which you were not aware.

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