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It is no secret that many people today are overweight. Obesity levels are rising in the United States, but the U.S. certainly isn’t alone with the obesity problem. In fact, many countries around the world now find that their population is putting on weight. According to an article in the L.A. Times, the obesity level had doubled in the last three decades. In the U.S., more than 30 percent of the population is obese and many more are overweight. Mexico follows closely behind with about 24 percent of their population being obese. The United Kingdom has obesity levels that are around 23 percent. This affects men, women and children.

What is the Root Cause?

Why are so many more people obese today? It is impossible to find a single answer. In fact, quite a few things are working in concert to make this happen. Technology, as wonderful as it may be, causes some of the problems.

Consider how many more people today have sedentary, indoor jobs where they sit all day in front of a computer. They aren't getting the exercise that they need, and they don't take time out of their schedules later, or earlier, in the day to get that exercise. Without the ability to burn calories through exercise, peoples' bodies are hoarding these calories and storing them as fat. The human body is a very efficient machine, and in the past, we needed those fat reserves. Our bodies still haven't caught up to the fact that we aren't hunters and gatherers any longer and we don’t need to hold onto all of the fat simply because we aren't going to be able to burn it!

Yet, people today are eating more than they have in the past. Not only are people eating more, but also they are eating unhealthy foods more and more. The proliferation of fast food restaurants that serve fatty foods is one of the causes. Some of the "meals" at these restaurants contain more than 2000 calories. In one meal, people are consuming all of the calories (and in many cases more calories) than they need in an entire day. Factor in the sweetened coffee drinks that people love, as well as their other meals and snacks throughout the day, and you can see why weight gain occurs and why obesity levels are rising. It isn't something in the air… it's everything we ingest in an increasingly sedentary world.

Losing Weight is Possible

Even those who are obese now will find that losing weight is possible with tips. It's not going to be easy, and you do need to develop discipline and focus. However, it is a worthwhile goal, and once people start losing weight, they will feel better and look better. Those fast food joints and the prepackaged, processed food at the grocery store just won't look as appealing. You will have the energy to work out more, and you will enjoy exercise.

It takes a balanced, healthy diet and vigorous exercise several times per week. The weight will start to come off, and you will have a new and better way of looking at life.

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