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The Obesity Epidemic is Alive and Well

Updated on January 19, 2015

Obese people are everywhere in our Country

You can lose weight
You can lose weight

Obesity in the U.S.

We do not need statistics to realize that we are suffering from an epidemic of obesity in the United States. Take a quick a look around and you will see this out of control condition everywhere.

When we come back from California after a week on the boat we are usually in a hurry to get home. We often stop at a fast food place and get a small breakfast. The last time we were sitting and eating at one of these places I counted the number of people in the restaurant. There were about 40 people. Twenty of the people in the restaurant seemed to be about 20 pounds over-weight, Ten of the people were just plain obese, eight looked average and two were in perfect shape (my husband and I). I had to add a little humor here. Most of the people dining appeared to be under 30 years of age. These people were eating one of many breakfast combos all the trimmings and washing down with large soft drinks.

Offering the calorie count on these meals does not seem to deter anyone. I actually did see one person having the cereal and fruit. It is difficult to go into any restaurant today and not see a large number of obese people, or for that matter go anywhere.

Obesity has no age limit

A silhouette of an obese person
A silhouette of an obese person

Why People Become Fat

There is more than one reason why we are suffering from mass obesity. Today's landscape is full of stress, life altering situations and daily problems. Many people eat when bored and at that time, generally reach for something sweet or salty. One can always find an excuse in life to eat something unhealthy.

There are still many conscientious mothers giving their kids a healthy breakfast, limiting unhealthy snacks and encouraging them to eat vegetables and fruit. Outside influence that kids will experience will happen no matter what mothers do. Where there is available candy, cookies and chips kids will automatically reach for them. My kids always complained there was nothing good to eat in the house. Today both of them see that their kids eat healthful foods.

Lets face it we are all born with different metabolisms. Some kids can eat and eat and never gain a pound. I was one of those kids. I remember stopping at the candy store on the way home from school and eating tons of food when I returned home. I was absolutely skinny. Other kids seem to eat more prudently and still be heavier than the rest of their peers.

We are bombarded with food messages everywhere. There are TV stations that feature chefs preparing elegant meals with lots of sugar, butter and salt. Magazines and online food sites are easy to find. You can find many recipes for just about anything you can dream up. Most activities that people participate in include eating at some point. After a long hike or bike ride do you stop for meal somewhere? Usually when you have been burning up calories you are hungry. What kind of food do you choose to eat--fast food or a healthy selection?

I have observed very fat people-- this is not with prejudice--often have trouble walking to their front door. Unfortunately these people are subject to many diseases as they age as well as low energy and aches and pains.

Medical Costs

If I were to make a declaration that if everyone who has a poor diet would cut out soft drinks, potato chips, fatty meats and pastries there would be fewer trips to the doctor. Medical services would be reduced and alleviate the over-crowded emergency rooms. People would feel better with more energy. Most obese people get used to their large girth, and they accept feeling poorly.

Make Health Choices in Food

Fish and vegetables low calorie and delicious
Fish and vegetables low calorie and delicious
Carrots and beans are healthy and low calorie
Carrots and beans are healthy and low calorie
An apple a Day
An apple a Day
Eat lots of veggies
Eat lots of veggies

Solutions to End Obesity in the U.S.

As you have noticed this hub is not full of statistics. You can check the bottom link if you want to have an idea what is going on in our country in the obesity department.

Solutions are Simple:

  • You can cut your grocery bill by at least 20 percent, if you cut out all prepared snack items, which are generally full of salt and sugar. People complain about the high cost of produce, but the reality is that if you cut out the unhealthy stuff you can use the money for fruits and vegetables. Stock up on frozen vegetables when on sale. Buy veggies in season or better yet start your own garden. Most people who have their own gardens take great pride and enjoyment in watching the vegetables grow.
  • Limit your meals out in restaurants. When you are hungry and in a hurry avoid fast food places.
  • If you are the chief cook at home make meals ahead so there is no last minute rush. Start the crock pot in the morning before you leave; or defrost a frozen chicken dinner you had prepared at an earlier time.
  • Don't give into temptation and eat food samples offered to you at stores, friend's houses or restaurants.
  • When you are dining out in a restaurant or on vacation allow for splurges, but limit the foods cooked with sauces. I am probably the only person who returned from a cruise without a weight gain.
  • Don't let yourself get too hungry, because this creates binge eating.
  • Get off the chair and turn off the computer or television. Enjoy nature and go for a walk or do jumping jacks at home--but do something. You will be instrumental in keeping the problem of obesity in the U.S. at bay.

Start Moving Around

You can dance in the privacy of your own home.
You can dance in the privacy of your own home.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Carol, interesting hub. It's really strange that you wrote this on a day when I was just thinking about my childhood and that in my whole cohort at school, there was only 1 overweight girl. This amazes me now but is absolutely true, one girl was plump, the rest of us were pretty skinny or average looking. If we don't do something about this 'epidemic' now, we are all going to be in a lot of trouble. We've gotten too used to 'all you can eat' buffets and 'economy combos' where stuffing your face is the order of the day. Whatever happened to eat when you're hungry and stop eating when you've had enough.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I literally just found out I am a few pounds underweight, but that it because I don't sit still all day with 2 small kids and when I eat they are literally always keeping me on my toes so as not to even eat sitting down. That said I do agree that this is an overall problem in our country today and did like your suggestions and tips. Have of course voted and shared, too!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Voted up and useful. "Don't get too hungry" and "Get off the chair" are two very good thoughts/choices to live by. We all have a habit of waiting to eat and by the time we do we're literally starving and eat way more than we would if we ate sooner. Getting off the chair to move and try to whittle away at the "secretarial spread" we get from sitting at the computer is also a great choice!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub Carol. I know somepeople have medical issues or bad genetics, but for many it's just our way of thinking. Get out and move around! Stop circling the parking lot for the closest space, or driving somewhere you can ride a bike. It's fun and healthy to walk, try it! Voted up and useful.

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Instead of driving to the grocery store, my husband and I started walking. This has helped reduce our grocery bill, encouraged us to buy healthier "lighter" food that is not so heavy to carry! Plus, it's made an improvement in our waistlines. Voted up and interesting.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I agree wholeheartedly! That is why I cook at home! That being said, I would like to add another concern. Economic. You mentioned cutting out the purchase of "Junk food" and using it for the fresh food. Again, I agree wholeheartedly. But...it is true that when you don't have much money for groceries all together, you are cutting out the junk food and the healthy food and dealing with "filler foods" which are generally carbs and fattening. It's easy to say, make your own noodles, buy whole wheat bread but these things can be cost prohibitive. Fast food restarants offer a $1 menu where people can feed a family of 5 for under $20. I am afraid thatoften, health takes a back door to economics (sadly, health care is rising due to that!) Thank you for a great hub! Up and useful!

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      I was one of the lucky ones born without the need to fight a weight issue my whole life. I weighed 170 pounds when I joined the Army in 1959, now 53 years later, I weigh 175 pounds. Yet I have two daughters who can walk past a cake or pie and gain two pounds.

      In my childhood, there was no TV or video games, so we played outside. My mother came from Germany where the custom was the main meal, meat & potatoes and stuff was served at noon. The evening meal was very light, usually cold cuts, cheese, fruit, and homemade rye bread. So nobody went to bed stuffed with a huge evening meal that would turn to pounds overnight.

      There were no fast food restaurants, and ice cream was a treat reserved for dessert following the Sunday dinner.

      I have to think our lifestyle changes over the years has been a major contributor to the obesity we see today.

      Very nice hub by the way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am quite lucky as I have never had to worry about my weight; just one of those metabolisms that takes care of itself. However, having said that, I have always been active and remain active even at 64, so I do my part to keep my weight at a healthy level. Yes, the solutions are simple, but actually doing them can be very, very difficult. :)

      Good overview of a problem that is of epidemic proportions in the United States.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      jools99: So true it is. Eat, drink and be fat is the word. People don't realize how they appear. I gained 15 pounds when I had a hernia and didn't realize I looked bigger. of course it is now gone. Thanks for dropping in and comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much. You are lucky and Ido remember those days chasing kids etc. I was skinny...and thankfully I realized that weight does pile on as you age for most of us. Thanks for sharing and votes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for visiting and wonderful comments. It takes work to stay slim for most of we mortals. Fitting into my clothes is worth going without something.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for votes always appreciated. It seems like an easy thing to make good choices for food. To me staying healthy is a top priority and we are what we eat. Thanks again.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am so glad to hear that. If everyone would just take a few small steps to improving their health..what a great world it would be. Thanks for the votes

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I know produce costs lots of money during this rising in price economy. But what about beans, brown rice..both cheap and healthy. Better than the fast food places. But I see where you are coming from and it is all true sadly. Thanks for the visit and votes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for sharing ...It is true..We went out and played all the time. Food was not important ..It is TODAY. I don't remember having ice cream and other goodies. However I was lucky to be very thin. I gained weight as a teenager and my mother put me on a diet. I said I would never gain weight again and I did not.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping in and I know you don't have a problem..Lucky you! However still remember to eat healthy....

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Carol - Loved the hub! I can personally attest to the trials and tribulations of excessive weight gain by eating out. My past position offered me no alternatives as I was away from home 5-6 days a week. A quick sandwich here or there, a steak or other offering for dinner, snacks abound in the hotel rooms, I blossomed up and found myself in a diabetic state before I knew it. I was a fat youngster until my mother passed and I was limited on snacks and such, and then got into great shape, of which I stayed for years. Married life, stress, and the fast food monster changed all that. Now, I'm getting my weight back down (have lost close to 50 lbs.) and my sugar has dropped from 156 to the low 120's. It's a task, but made much more simple by eliminating restaurant food. Great Job!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well I am particularly glad that you are back to good health and feeling good. You took the bull by the horns and did something about it. Cudos to you!!!! Thanks also for coming by and sharing...I am always happy to hear people taking charge and you did!!!!!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      The disease of the Western world, we eat too much, drink too much and then we collapse in front of the TV. We stress about money and all the things we cannot afford, but hey, we can put it all on the credit card and stress about it later. Although I was naturally tall and slim, I must admit, I could do with losing a few pounds. Staying within the ideal weight is not as easy as it used to be.

      I eat healthy home cooked meals, fresh fruits and veg, I even grow my own, rarely take out, however, I do need to find some time to exercise more. A good useful hub, thank you for sharing. Voting up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Glad you came to visit. It is a constant battle even though I exercise a lot. I have to think about what I eat...and unfortunately the body changes as we age. No longer my 23" waist...But feeling good and energetic and fitting into my clothes works for me. I am glad to hear you eat healthy. thanks for votes.

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      grumpiornot 4 years ago from South Africa

      Awesome hub. I dropped my weight from 105 kilograms to 80 by watching my diet, eating less fastfood and exercising moderately.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am glad to hear you have taken the bull by the horns and lost the weight. Now you can keep it off and still have some of your favorites from time to time. Thanks for dropping in and kind words.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Nice hub Carol. Lots of the points you make here would seem to be common sense, and yet we don't follow them. Its good to have reminders of how easy it is to pack on the weight by snacking and eating out. Its so much harder to take it off than to put it on! I appreciate the reminders.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub on one of America's biggest problems. I was so impressed when I visited Puerto Rico. No one was overweight. They seem to eat a good diet of chicken, rice and fresh veggies and fruits.

      I think one of the secrets for not gaining weight is to eat very slowly.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      mpropp: Thanks for stopping by. yes it is always amazing to me how easily the pounds pile on ..particularly as you get older. Average weight gain is ONLY 1 pound per year from 20-50.. However that is 30 pounds. Pretty amazing. Thanks so much.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds like really good advice. What happens when you are starved you eat fast. So good thought. Thanks for the vote UP ...

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Where did you get those photos of me? lol I needed this today, especially the "get up and move" part. Great information Carol!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I don't think so. it is not easy to start a program ...and all of us can easily fall into patterns in life. Thanks for dropping by always good to see you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I see so many obese people everywhere I go. It used to be older people, but now small children and teens out number them ten to one. Good info. Voted up..

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      Learn Things Web 4 years ago from California

      I wonder how much soda is contributing to this problem especially with free refills in huge cups. I don't drink soda much but when I do, I have about half of a cup.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this very useful information. My biggest "sins" were Thanksgiving and christmas. As I got older I became a "graser". These 2 meal make me sick (I eat too much). until 2011, I lived an active life style.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Carol...lots of truth here....cold hard facts. We do have a serious epidemic here and one that needs Huge repairs. I commend Michele Obama for her efforts in this regard.

      As we know, most habits, especially those of foods, diet and eating habits have their beginning in childhood with our families....This sets the stage.

      Thank you for such a well-written hub with great facts, tips and common sense! UP+++

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      always exploring: I know it is pretty sad the amount of fat people there are..and not just a little overweight. I see the difference in the past twenty years..Thanks for stopping in and voting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I know they have put a ban on large sodas in many places. I wonder what that will do..just get people to buy two of them. Getting people just to substitute water would change the landscape of the country.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Just eat to be healthy..As I said we eat healthy at least 90 percent of the time and we get more than our mdr of produce.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much..for votes. and as always dropping in for a visit. We ate pretty healthy when I was a kid as there was no fast food and my mom made everything from scratch..not a lot of info on cholesterol...but we ate when hungry..food was never a reward.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Carol - Great write. As you state so well, this is an epidemic. With advancements in technology, exercise levels have diminished greatly.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      So true. People opt to get in their cars just to go a few blocks instead of walking. The food is often filled with fattening ingredients. There are just so many reasons. Thanks for dropping in with nice comments.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      carol: Good tips and advice in this hub! Eating healthy is the solution. I happen to have the metabolism of a slug and that does affect weight gain. I have to constantly keep my thyroid regulated or there is no way I can lose weight. Those with thyroid problems have a difficult time keeping the weight down. But, eating healthy helps to keep the thyroid ticking like it should, too. Thanks for and interesting and informative article!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for lovely comments. I know it is really difficult for many to lose weight. But eating healthy keeps you feeling good and that is what really counts. I started gaining weight in my teens and that was my lesson...Thanks for dropping by as always.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Dear carol,

      Very sage advice. I returned from a cruise 7 pounds thinner!

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      KellyMediaBest 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Great hub and very important issue. I read somewhere that obesity is now causing the same amount of deaths in the U.S. as tobacco is- and that's a lot! You're right that people make excuses about healthy items being too expensive, and getting "used to" their overweight bodies. For some of them a heart attack may be the only wake up call to get them going.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Cooking at home reduces your food bill significantly and the more that you prepare your own meals the more you crave them.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Breakfastpop..How cool is that. Nothing tastes as good as the clothes fitting. Thanks for stopping by..See you at the Inn.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by and visiting. It is all true..people just have to believe it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      So true. And we tend to cook a lot healthier than restaurants...and besides it is much cheaper. Thank you for stopping in.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are so right. We can curb the overeating and unhealthy eating by following simple suggestons like you have outlined. I am working on it, every day. One thing I do is walk every day ...it is good therapy for many reasons . thank you for sharing this with us.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      My mother in law used to say nothing stimulates the appetite like eating....I have added to that.."eating sugar".Stay away from sugar and you are more apt to eat when you are hungry and stop before you get full. Keep up the walking as I also know it is great therapy. We tend to exercise more in the summer..everyday bike rides...we are getting a little lax so it is a reminder to pep it up. Thanks for dropping by and kind words.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      If I eat out once a month, that is rare. But don't get me wrong. I LIKE my sweets. I also walk 6 miles a day on average. My lifestyle is vegetarian, but I will have meat on that rare occasion. The weight is easier to keep off now, than when I ate meat.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Carol, for all these excellent suggestions for 'fat fighting.' It appears to be a never-ending battle for the majority of the population. I also expounded on the subject in my hub, "Obesity is Widespread."

      BTW, if you returned from a cruise without gaining weight you are a marvel of self-discipline and one in a million ... literally!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Being a vegetarian can be very healthful as long as you avoid sugar and white flour products. I like that you indulge occasionally in meat..because I like it. thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I will check out your hub for sure..it is a major problem . I will let you know if I make it through the cruise weight equal..however we are not going for a while. Thanks for dropping in..

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Carol - people the world over are getting fatter, fast food predominantly being one of the reasons. You did a good job here of cautioning as well as offering insights and suggestions to reduce obesity.

      Voted up and useful.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much. Yes it is a major problem in the world for many health problems...Eating healthy is not expensive or difficult..and yet stopping for a hamburger and fries wins out too often. Thanks for the kind words and votes ..You know I appreciate and next time call in advance I will put on some tea and maybe healthy cookies.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thanks for an interesting and relevant topic. Not only in America but everywhere this problem persists. Even when depressed people binges on high calory chocolates,lemonades and splurges on tasty food and drink without spending some time on physical exercise knowing fully that it will lead to obsesity,high sugar and heart problems etc. Only change of attitude can solve the problem.

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      psychicdog.net 4 years ago

      Its an epidemic in Australia too, carol7777 - literally eating ourselves out of all sorts of dilemmas but creating more in the process! Your fat burning suggestions are really good. Voted! I started a garden recently too.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Arun Kanti: You are so right. People sometimes just

      don't seem to care. Sugar, white flour and fat...Exercise helps but the diet still has to be good. Thanks for dropping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I like the garden idea..everything will be fresh which means more vitamins...thanks for stopping and the votes.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Hi Carol. I agree that Americans have a serious weight and health issue. One causes the other. It is unusual to find an adult who is not on some sort of medication. I truly believe what we eat contributes 90 percent to the health crisis. Yet when I tell people I take eat a primarily raw, vegetable based diet with no sugar or processed foods, they look at me like I am the crazy one. I hear on a daily basis "Oh, I could not give up so and so". I can give up whatever is making me sick and contributing to an early demise.

      I feel the need to stress however that low weight is not necessarily make a person healthy. I know many thin people who are weak and sick. A person must build muscle strength and keep the body healthy in many ways. Losing weight through diet and exercise is the first step though.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I agree with you 100 percent. When I said thin Ireally should have emphasized healthy weight. It is about feeling energetic and being active. Cudos to you for sticking with a sincerely healthy program. We eat healthy as I mentioned ...I do splurge occasionally ..but rarely with sugar. To me that is the worst. Thanks for dropping by and sharing all this.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Carol, I believe my weight gain during my late twenties was due to my habits of eating fast food in between running from work to college and home. Never time to really sit and enjoy a meal. It just followed me on through life. A few years ago, after a Dr. visit, I made a choice to change my lifestyle. Now, I realize exercise and healthy eating coupled with positive attitude is what makes life enjoyable. Great post here!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am always glad to hear that people make the choice to change what is not really working well. It is not difficult to eat well and exercise..you just have to make a commitment like you do to other things in your life. I have tried to follow healthy rules most of my life..occasionally falling off the food and exercise wagon but never for very long. I like feeling good and I like my clothes fitting...Simple...Thanks for stopping by and lovely comments.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Obesity is one of the greatest health concerns in the country -- and one that can easily be reversed and controlled (in most cases). Your Hub gives us much to think about and offers great suggestions to manage weight in a healthy way. I have been overweight on occasion. But I have luckily been able to adjust my eating habits and increase physical activity to get my weight back to normal for my body type.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is mostly about awareness like you have. When we see a few pounds added to our waist it is time to take action. I would hate to have to take off 50 pounds instead of 5. Thanks for joining in...Much appreciated.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your hub is really needed Carol. Here in Canada obesity is also a problem, with people eating out and fast food restaurants popping up. I hope your hub helps some people see that eating healthy really isn't that difficult. Vote up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for dropping in ....As you know it really is disheartening to see all the huge people everywhere. It seems like an easy event...control what you eat...However, people just don't seem to get it. Thanks so much for the vote.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great hub on such a significant issue. I notice so many overweight adults when I am in public and realize how important it is to at least teach my kids healthy habits and hope they remember when they are on their own surrounded by unhealthy food choices. Slowly healthier restaurants are emerging but they are in the minority.It is also so rare to see an ad for fruits and vegetables.Voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are so right I cannot remember seeing ads for fruits and vegetables. The encouragement of eating unhealthy is rampant. Even though many fast food places have some healthier choices.. people go to eat french fries and hamburgers. It has to start at home...at least you can control what kids eat in the house. Thanks for dropping by and of course the vote.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      I am with you 100% on this one. I only wish everybody in the world would read it and profit from it. I only recently realized just how much sodium there is in foods...wrote a hub about it...it's shocking. We have stopped all fast and restaurant eating, tossed out the worst of our junk foods, etc. and are feeling so much better for it! A definite up vote on this one!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is an eye opener when you find out sodium, sugar and fat in food. We eat out only when we go to california...I occasionally go out for lunch with my girlfriends. And try to get salads with just oil and vinegar dressing. People are literally sabotaging health with what they eat. Thanks for stopping by and I am really happy to hear how well you are doing in the food department .. I always want to get the word out.Thanks for the vote.

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      Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for the advice on healthy eating. It is so unfortunate that only you and your husband passed the obesity test in the restaurant. Many people seem to care less about their looks and weight. I wish we would look at our mirror images more often. Our daily habits would change remarkably. America is the fattest of world nations. Every piece of attire is plus-sized.

      I'm one of those who would eat a whole camel alone and not gain a single kilogram. I still ensure the consumption of healthy foods in my house. I love dancing and walking too. Thanks for sharing. Voted up

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are smart to eat healthy even though you are in good shape. Eating healthy is one thing we can control. And to boot you feel better. I just got finished making some lentil soup that will last for a week for lunch...makes me feel so self-righteous. Recipe will follow on hubpages of course. Thanks for the votes.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good hub, Carol. I am trying to do what I can with eating healthy and exercising these days. I think the bulk (no pun intended-haha!) of the problem with obesity as a country lies with parenting and making good choices FOR the kids as they are growing up. Great information here.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks so much. And starting your kids with healthy eating is no guarantee..but it gives them a basis for choices. Being fat is difficult for kids but they don't know how to look at the problem as an adult and will feel deprived if you take food away..So start healthy...Thanks again

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great article. Obesity is definitely a huge problem in the U.S. The proliferation of fast food restaurants make it easy. Voted up and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for the visit. And it is an epidemic. There is not just one fast food restaurant on a corner but many more. And they are not as cheap as they used to be. Thanks for the votes UP.

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Thank you for an article I totally endorse. Voted useful & interesting. I too am drawn to the themes of wellness, fitness, etc. and write about them. When I was a teenager, I was somewhat overweight (about 15 pounds) and no one else was. I felt SO weird and alone. Now, it seems like 2/3 of the population is much heavier than I ever was-- my weight then wouldn't even be considered overweight now! Also, I've found it's not just Americans who are heavier-- the whole world is fattening. I also enjoyed your hub on publishing success & non-success. I'm a newbie hubber and I found you via my new friend Bill Holland (or should I call him billybuc?)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by and kind words. Bill is wonderful as I am sure you know. Welcome to Hubpages. It is a great place to write. Taken advantage of this great and supportive community. Commenting is one way of giving back...Thanks so much...Need help, just holler.

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      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very interesting hub. I think it is all due to the modern lifestyle. The culture of late night hours, overeating and inactivity are all contributing to the obesity epidemic. Voted up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are so right. And all the laziess also. Thanks for stopping in for a visit and the vote UP.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Great advice, Carol! I hate to say I'm a bit on the lazy side when it comes to cooking -- I do fall back on prepared foods from time to time. However, I'm going out to buy a crock pot this weekend. I look forward to the food savings and the healthier meals!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is easy to go the prepared route when really busy. However if you take a few hours out to cook up some healthy meals and freeze...it takes less time in the long run. Also keep a lot of produce in the house for veggie dishes and salads. I think eating healthier means feeling better..Thanks for stopping in ..always enjoy your visit. and I love Las Vegas.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Most Americans don't realize how fat the country is becoming until they travel abroad. Even in countries with reputations for rich food, such as France and Italy, Americans stand out because of their girth. In Asia, trying to buy American-sized clothing is almost impossible because they don't make them that big. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for your nice comments and it is true..I am always amazed at the hugeness of people..particularly the ones stuffing their mouths with fast foods. It is not easy staying slender and five pounds can easily appear without even realizing an increase in food. We eat healthy but even too much of that will cause weight gain. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Over 60% of Americans are overweight. It is a serious problem for us. I remember when I was a kid, we ripped and ran all day, playing outdoors. Now our children sit in front of the TV or video games. Great hub! Voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Some pretty sad statistics for sure. It used to be that we wanted to g outdoors now kids have to be instructed to do so. What is going to happen to these obese kids..Our health care system is struggling as it is. Thanks for votes and lovely comments.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Your solutions are great. I do hope many people can read this and share.

      Voted up and useful! :-)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      These tips are really helpful. It is sad what a problem obesity is in the U.S. Fast food and easy-to-prepare items don't help, plus sedentary behavior. And portions are so big! These are helpful reminders. Thanks!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      ignugent17: I wish everyone would just eliminate one bad thing a day...Thanks for stopping by. and votes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Obesity is epidemic for sure. thanks for stopping by and commenting. The portions are huge in restaurants...for sure.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol... great hub. A subject I first began to notice several years ago, first in adults and now in children. Much has to do with food choices and the prepared foods we are getting.

      This past few years I think people are being far more conscious of the choices they are making and reading the labels. Thank you for writing this as it is an eyeopener...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Marc Woodard 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Very informative hub. Another thing for those looking to lose weight. Consume more water in a day (1.9L or 8-8oz/glasses). If the body does not get enough water in a day it will crave food to extract the H2O it requires.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Good to know that. And water tends to fill one up also. Thanks for dropping by..

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I just noticed this response. Sometimes the responses do not go thru. Thanks so much for dropping by and comments.

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      ritsukakunx 4 years ago

      "Being a vegetarian can be very healthful as long as you avoid sugar and white flour products. I like that you indulge occasionally in meat..because I like it. thanks for stopping by and sharing."

      A vegetarian that occasionally eats meat is not a vegetarian.

      Also, why do you like it because you "like it?" Because you like meat? There's nothing wrong with not eating meat; people do not eat meat for many different reasons, not just because they are "PETA" freaks. I think that comment is a bit weird. :/ Just because you like something doesn't mean everyone should!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      People grow and change and their eating habits do to, obesity has been a growing problem for years it is really up to the individual to eat correctly and daily exercises are very important. You have a well informed Hub thanks

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Process food is my vote!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      DDE thanks for stopping by and the keyword is take responsibility..which doesn't seem to happen ..

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      eating natural foods is half the battle. Thanks for stopping by.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Very nice Carol! The epidemic of obesity has been on my mind for the past few months as I continue to maintain my recent weight lost. I went from being obese to being overweight by losing fifty pounds! I think some people are open to eating healthier and cutting out sodas and salty snacks while others are completely reluctant to try to eat healthy. I live in the south and it is the unhealthiest section of the U.S. If more people were a bit more open minded about sacrifice they would most certainly lose that weight no longer be obese. I sacrificed a lot to lose my weight and will sacrifice more to lose the last 30 pounds to get to my ideal weight. Thanks for sharing this hub! Very good writing! :)

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