I’ve been wrestling with my weight this past year. Most folks may not have noticed but it’s been a growing concern and conversation. That concern has been compounded by numerous people I’ve met recently that knew me 5+ years ago when I weighed around 135 lbs. They’ve been looking at me a little funny…
This past year, I suddenly put over 20 lbs. Last week, I weighed in at 162 lbs. Why?
- I haven’t been exercising at all. Laziness.
- My metabolism has slowed way down.
- I have a bad habit of having a big snack after 10pm.
Again, it may not be a big deal to some and while the conversations of obesity or weight might be a sensitive issue to folks, it nevertheless needs to be discussed. If anything, there really needs to be some self-examination. I bring this up not so that we can conform to the skinny model syndrome but for the sake of being healthy. Minhee is obviously getting concerned because both my parents have struggled with health issues related to their weight as well.
I read an article this past weekend that wasn’t shocking but nevertheless, suprising. It’s entitled, America’s Most Obese Cities [Forbes]:
We are heavier than ever.
Once considered an affliction of the lazy and indulgent, obesity now affects about one-third of Americans. The epidemic has swept up the wealthy, middle class and the poor; city dwellers, suburbanites and those in rural areas; and people of all races and ethnicities.
The causes, researchers say, are numerous. These include a diet of calorie-dense but nutrient-deficient food found in grocery and convenience stores, public planning strategies that favor motorists over walkers and cyclists, and simply bad habits.
And while the causes are many, the costs are enormous. Obesity’s associated costs add $93 billion to the nation’s medical bill annually. Each year, 112,000 people die from obesity-related causes, and the condition is responsible for an increased risk of chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. [read full article and see if/where your city is ranked]
What is obesity?
Obesity: The state of being well above one’s normal weight.
A person has traditionally been considered to be obese if they are more than 20 percent over their ideal weight. That ideal weight must take into account the person’s height, age, sex, and build.
It wasn’t that long ago when I weighed in at 125 lbs, ran 70-80 miles/week, played ball several times/week, and blah blah blah. Well, this is my early new year’s resolution. Exercise, rest well, stop eating past 10pm, and get down to 145.