Here in the United States, there is no doubt about it that obesity is a growing problem not just among children but among adults as well. After all, many of these children will unfortunately grow up to become unhealthy and obese adults. As a matter of fact, the data that has been gathered on the subject shows that more than 30% of all adults in this country – around a third of them, to be more exact) are medically classified as obese, with another one third considered to be overweight, perhaps even teetering on the edge of obesity.
And obesity, no matter how you slice it, is far from a healthy way to live life. Not only does extreme obesity hamper mobility and even the most basic of everyday movements, but it can actually have lifelong repercussions on the health of the person in question. For instance, obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes and can even increase risk factors for certain types of cancer. Of course, obesity and a history of poor eating can also lead to the development of heart disease as well as the increased risk for developing a stroke, both of which can all too easily kill if they are left untreated.
Fortunately, losing weight can stop such risks from increasing – and can even, in some cases, reverse them. Even just losing a mere 5% of your body fat – up to 10% at the very most – can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by quite the significant amount. And losing weight can also lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes – or can even make it go away completely if it has already been developed. For many people, weight loss helps to alleviate problems related to obesity such as sleep apnea, and can make everyday life all that easier, as it becomes much easier to move around in the world and get from place to place on their own volition and own two feet.
But losing weight can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a support system in your corner. After all, up to 70% of all people here in the United States have stated that they think having some type of support network is critical to being successful in weight loss endeavors, though as many as 80% of all of those who are trying to lose weight do not have this, at least as extensively as they should. Fortunately, there are professionals out there who can help, even for those who have never been successful with trying to lose weight before.
Hiring a nutritionist to help educate oneself on the matters of nutrition is a great example of this, especially since nutrition is such an important component not only of weight loss, but of overall health as a whole. Nutrition can be difficult, however, especially when fast food and junk foods have become so very readily available to the general public here in the United States. In the United States, fast food restaurants have grown rapidly over the course of the last few decades, prized for their convenience and taste even though these foods do not pack all that much of a value as far as nutrition is concerned.
Working with a nutritionist will not only be effective for losing weight, but for fixing a relationship with food and nutrition that might have become damaged. After all, eating disorders, such as that of binge eating disorder, can be seen in the obese as well as in those who are underweight, and it is likely that a person dealing with such an eating disorder is not getting the nutrition that they need. But a nutritionist can help to educate clients on what healthy eating entails and how proper nutrition is easier than one might think – and quite delicious as well, as a matter of fact.
At the end of the day, eating better and getting proper nutrition from this newly developed habit of eating right can be hugely beneficial. Not only will overweight and obese people lose weight, but they are also likely to have much more energy too.