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The Effects of Obesity and Why There’s Hope for you

Obesity can demoralize people and cause serious health implications. The good news is that it isn't permanent and can be solved.


We’ve been hearing about obesity so much and we’re probably immune to it by now. It doesn’t help that bad for you “processed foods” are everywhere—literally everywhere. You can’t walk into a Best Buy without buying a pack of M&M’s to go with your shiny new lap top. Weight loss programs are plastered all over our TV and computer screens and our country’s rising waistline is a favorite topic for the news media as of late. So, it’s no surprise that we’re tired of hearing about obesity.

However, we keep hearing about it for a reason.

Health professionals have been warning about the dangers of obesity for decades. 35% of adults in the United States are obese and doctors have recently declared it a legitimate disease. Up until very recently, the United States was the most obese country in the world, but we’ve handed over the reins to our Mexican neighbors in the south.

The point is, obesity is a rising problem and the effects of obesity can be detrimental to your health.

The effects of obesity can lead to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. In other words, obesity is not a joke and the effects of obesity can cause emotional trauma as well as physical damage. To avoid the horrible effects of the disease, focus on eating healthy and exercise 5 times a week for 30 minutes.

If that’s not enough incentive to shed the pounds, losing weight could save you tons of money in the long run. In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. And that’s just in 2008!

But is it just the result of gorging on too much junk food?

Obesity affects some groups more than others

Everyone’s bodies are different and obesity was not created equal.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American men, those who are fortunate enough to have higher incomes are, unfortunately, more likely to be obese than those who reside in the lower income bracket.

In contrast, higher income women are less likely to be obese than their lower income counterparts.

There is no significant relationship between obesity and education among men. However, among women, there is a trend. Women who possess a college degree are less likely to be obese compared to less educated women without a college degree.

Sometimes that data doesn’t apply at all. Between 1988–1994 and 2007–2008, obesity increased in adults at all income and education levels.

Obesity may affect children the most

In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adults. In 2010; more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

Eating habits start while your kids are at that young, impressionable age. If they learn bad eating habits now, they’re going to think it’s okay to eat that way for the rest of their life! Not to mention, the scrutiny they’ll face from their peers.

If you have a problem with your weight and you have a young child, start taking steps to improve your health and combat the effects of obesity together.

Where you live affects your weight

The effects of obesity are widespread, but some places are more obese than others.

Obesity rates are high throughout the country, but the west coast seems to be more fit than the east coast.

By state, obesity prevalence ranged from 20.7% in Colorado to 34.9% in Mississippi in 2011. No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. 39 states had a prevalence of 25% or more; 12 of these states had a prevalence of 30% or more: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.

The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), followed by the Midwest (29.0%), the Northeast (25.3%) and the West (24.3%).

There is hope!

No matter who you are, where you live or what you look like—there is hope.

Paula Joy Benson always enjoyed an active lifestyle and her struggles with weight loss sort of just came out of the blue. The Maine native loved eating out.

“One of the things I struggled with most was the fun aspect of eating out. Society really drills this notion into you that eating out is fun, and I realized it was one of my favorite recreational activities.”

Then Paula became a grandmother and her recent weight gain was preventing her from playing with her grandson, which wasn’t doing much for her self-esteem either.

One day Paula was watching Dr. Phil and she heard about bistroMD.

“As soon as I went to the website and looked at the food, I was sold,” says Paula. “BistroMD is exactly what I needed. The food is amazing, and for once, I feel like I have freedom.”

After just a few months on the program, Paula lost 15 pounds and learned very valuable life lessons when it comes to eating right.

“You can’t put a price on good health, and BistroMD has been an invaluable tool,” Paula said. “The food is just amazing and the whole program has been very accommodating. It fits perfectly with my active lifestyle.”

If you’re looking for something fast and convenient without the hassle of frequenting the grocery store, bistroMD is the diet delivery program for you. We can help you successfully shed the pounds for good through healthy AND delicious, properly portioned entrees.

We cook with the freshest ingredients and have over 200 recipes and a customizable menu so you should have no problem finding something to satisfy your taste buds.

Every bite you take follows this proven approach for healthy weight loss. Our program provides 1,100-1,400 calories daily with 40-50% total caloric intake from lean, adequate protein, 20-25% of calories from healthy fats, and 30-35% from complex carbohydrates.

It only takes a few weeks to start seeing results. You don’t have anything to lose, but the fat!

We have a men and a women’s program with the option to receive five-or-seven-days’ worth of healthy meals delivered to your door.

The two programs range from $130-$160 and EATS, our essential and tasty snacks are just $1.50 per snack. Women receive two snacks per day and men receive three snacks per day.

Written By bistroMD Team. Published on July 17, 2013. Updated on June 18, 2019.


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