Americans - why do they as a nation struggle to lose weight?

  • BigAlDevlin

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    Jan 20, 2014 8:06 PM GMT
    What can American do to battle obesity

    Soi love America and americans -i think they have a great country but they are for some reson the leading country regards obesity. For a nation that is superb in all field of athleticism its hard to believe?! So this is a quick way i think the nation as a whole should work to improve. Love to hear your thoughts too!! icon_smile.gif

    So as as someone from england - a country which is beginning to follow America regards issues with obesity - i am beginning to witness an increase in both numbers and severity of obesity amongst my local community.

    The best way to combat is most importantly diet. You simply are what you eat. And its not just good enough enough eating better quality food you must also eat less of it. Only eat in moderation - learn what your body requires to function healthily and dont go beyond it!

    Of course knowing that is down to the individual. Its one thing for the government to advertise and promote healthy living... and its certainly their responsibilty to provide the opportunity and facilities to do so.. but ultimately the responsibilty of looking after our personal health is ours alone.

    taking on this responsibility is difficult at first - especially if one is used to a different lifestyle.. but quite simply no one has to live with your body other tjan you. But with commitment and consistancy its never too laye to live a healthy lifestyle.

    simply put educate yourselves on diet and nutrition and experiment to find what works for you - and when you find it stick to it! Consistancy is key - this lifestyle is for life.

    Also exercise - even if just lightly to moderately at least twice a week. And try to walk more. This is the begginning but where it leads and evolves too depends on you

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  • Adozark

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    Jan 20, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
    I am no expert, but I am from a family that never had a well rounded diet, and I now stick to a fairly restrictive diet (Paleo).

    Watching my family I think there are a couple issues at play.

    1. People seem to need instant gratification and seem to not have very much self-control anymore. They don't want to eat healthy, it's not as fun as eating whatever you want.

    2. Food is not what it used to be:
    a. When you look at the labels of food you will notice
    that there is sugar in nearly everything. Even at that,
    most food items are sweetened with HFCS or just corn
    syrup, studies have shown that HFCS reduces your
    metabolism and is worse for you than cane sugar. (Source)

    b. People who are trying to eat healthy don't realize
    they're not. All those diet foods and drinks, are
    almost always bad for you. Artificial sugar has been
    linked to brain damage, liver damage, and guess what...
    weight gain. (Source)Much of the specialty gluten free food
    that people associate with a healthy diet, is worse
    than the alternative. It's chalked full of
    preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and hydrogenated
    soybean oil.


    I think these are some of the bigger issues with our obesity epidemic.
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    Jan 20, 2014 11:42 PM GMT
    Why is obesity a problem in America?
    1) More distance from work; everybody drives a car and sits in one for hours at a time, especially suburban city workers
    2) The commodity of fast food: Americans are always on the go and are very busy with their lives, so fast food is just a quick way to get a non-hassle meal, without having to go to the grocery store and cook at home
    3) Value meals: A large drink and fries usually comes with the value meal and is just a little bit more expensive, so it appears as if it is a deal, plus they mainly offer soda.
    4) People don't have the time to plan diets and they are so tired from work that they don't have the time to work out, and most are ignorant of the basic chemistry of the human body that allows us to be educated about the purpose of physical exercise and its benefits
    5)People don't read food labels and are usually unaware of the health effects of fast food, nor do they understand how many calories they are actually eating
    6) unlimited re-fills and buffets and larger portions
    7) A persons geography might limit the availability of outdoor physical exercise, or their income might hinder their ability to access physical equipment or gym membership
    icon_cool.gif poor education in public schools about health, hygiene, etc
    EDIT: business' aren't as consolidated as they are in countries with a bigger emphasis on infrastructure, a lot of calories in alcohol, and drug abuse which leads to hypertension, etc.
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    Jan 20, 2014 11:46 PM GMT
    Suggestion?

    Close down every Burger King and McDonalds restaurants, along with other outlets which dishes out the same fast food menus - and then convert them into gyms.

    Problem solved!
  • Montague

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    Jan 21, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    Needs more butter.
  • DanOmatic

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    Jan 21, 2014 12:14 AM GMT
    There's no one reason, but Adozark and KBM have listed a lot of the most valid reasons. What's really ironic is that in this land of plenty, there are vast "food deserts" where it's impossible to find fresh, healthy food.

    My personal opinion is that most obese people who have financial means are fat because they value convenience and instant gratification over thoughtful nutrition; people who are poor and obese are less well educated and have less access to cheap, healthy food or live in areas where they can't get out and exercise (or can't afford a gym membership). What I don't get are people who have education and sufficient income to make conscious choices and yet they somehow are incapable of doing so.

  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jan 21, 2014 12:35 AM GMT
    I hear that Americans are obese yet I rarely see obese people. I do see overweight people but not as often as the statistics show. I feel the numbers are way off.
  • DanOmatic

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    Jan 21, 2014 12:47 AM GMT
    From your profile, it appears that you live in a college town (as do I). They're rarely representative of the population in general, though I do see alarming numbers of obese students on the campus of the university I work at--mostly young women who wear the most unflattering clothes that only serve to accentuate how large they are.

    A lot of it is not only geographic (for instance, you see far fewer obese people in New York City or places like Portland, OR or Colorado), but it also depends on the socio-economic zone you live in (though it's not just limited to poor areas).

    When I spend extended amounts of time abroad and return to the US, I am stunned by the girth of people walking around the airport.
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    Jan 21, 2014 12:54 AM GMT
    The human body wasn't really built to be as sedentary as the modern lifestyle is today nor was it meant to withstand the amounts of refined sugar, flour and processed meats as the modern diet takes in today. And much of this starts in schools where kids are literally being fat farmed... Sitting all day in class, very little recess, fattening sugary foods in the cafeteria and vending machines. My diet my junior and senior years in high school was a giant chocolate chip cookie and a large Mountain Dew. Sometimes I would eat two giant cookies.

  • OutdoorAdvent...

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    Jan 21, 2014 1:16 AM GMT
    Two reasons, I think:

    o We eat too much junk (any is too much, really);

    o We don't exercise enough.
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    Jan 21, 2014 1:43 AM GMT
    My impression is that kids today are seriously less active than we were. Not all of them, of course. But besides mandatory PE, we had constant soccer games at recess; after school we'd play baseball or football in the neighborhood, and then there were school sports from junior high on. We did Little League (shortstop---I loved it), I was on the football team from junior high through high school. But I was hardly the exception. Everyone I knew was active---we didn't have computers or video games and out in the country there really wasn't much else to do (except chores, and we were always trying to duck those).
  • Asmodeus

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    Jan 21, 2014 1:46 AM GMT
    all you can eat pancakes @ ihop.
  • Asmodeus

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    Jan 21, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    guilty myself..
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    Jan 21, 2014 1:49 AM GMT
    Asmodeus saidguilty myself..

    Guilty of what? Having a body in the 99th percentile of hot?
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    Jan 21, 2014 1:55 AM GMT
    because everywhere you see, there's a fast food chain everywhere from In and Out, Burger King KFC, McDonalds....etc. People are lazy to exercise and have poor diet habits. When I was with my ex, I was heaviest at 169 lbs, Lol! I basically just started eating more vegetables and sushis! And cut out unnecessary intake of fat/fast food.
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    Jan 21, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    I think one of the reasons is that fast food is cheaper than healthy food. Youve got plenty of 99 cent menus out there with db cheesburgers and fried chicken bacon ranch whatever. In this economy it is cheaper to pay that then 3.50 for a grilledchicken sandwich. Plus as I am sitting here watching tv every other commercial has been for fast food. We are bombarded by this 24/7. Which in turn makes us run out and eat. Even if its 12: 30am on a tues you can still get a triple bacon heartattack if you want it.
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    Jan 21, 2014 2:12 AM GMT
    mike34 saidI think one of the reasons is that fast food is cheaper than healthy food. Youve got plenty of 99 cent menus out there with db cheesburgers and fried chicken bacon ranch whatever. In this economy it is cheaper to pay that then 3.50 for a grilledchicken sandwich. Plus as I am sitting here watching tv every other commercial has been for fast food. We are bombarded by this 24/7. Which in turn makes us run out and eat. Even if its 12: 30am on a tues you can still get a triple bacon heartattack if you want it.

    Funny thing about that, though---it works both ways. Once you stop eating that stuff (I stopped like ten years ago) it's like a spell is broken, and now the stuff seems really sort of disgusting to you.
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    Jan 21, 2014 2:19 AM GMT
    same reason as the fat Brits, the fat Filapenos and the fat Mexicans
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    Jan 21, 2014 2:20 AM GMT
    caek
  • WhoDey

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    Jan 21, 2014 2:20 AM GMT
    Why don't you just try to deal with the problems with the UK?
  • Adozark

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    Jan 21, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    Funny thing about that, though---it works both ways. Once you stop eating that stuff (I stopped like ten years ago) it's like a spell is broken, and now the stuff seems really sort of disgusting to you.


    Sometimes on the occasions when I feel like eating out, I am reminded that people eat desert when the waiter asks about desert. I just don't care for anything like that anymore, never even crosses my mind.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jan 21, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
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  • Ironman4U

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    Jan 21, 2014 3:06 AM GMT
    A lot of the obvious reasons have already been stated (i.e. convenience of fast food, lack of access and education and piss poor choices).

    But there's another big culprit. I had an interesting conversation over lunch last week. My friend shared that a foreign exchange student from Europe had lived with her family a few years ago. On a trip to Italy this summer, she reconnected and noticed that the young lady was considerably thinner than when she lived in the U.S. Turns out that her diet was largely the same in the types of foods that she ate, but in Europe, the pounds just came off and in the U.S, they piled on.

    Our food is genetically modified and has more harmful ingredients than similar foods in other parts of the world largely due to big corporations like Monsanto having their way here and our lack of progressive government oversight when it comes to transparency in labeling and unbiased research.
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    Jan 21, 2014 4:09 AM GMT
    Simple. They fkn eat way too much, poorly educated in relation to diet and simply watch too much tv and majority of obese people like to blame everyone else for their problem rather than making an effort to change. They don't want to change. Lazy nation.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Jan 21, 2014 4:11 AM GMT
    If the South seceded then we wouldn't be the fattest country