The reality is – we are getting fatter. We are getting fatter and we are becoming more and more ill. It’s a fact. Couple this with the fact that women spend 17 years of their lives trying to lose weight and you get the perfect paradox – whatever you are trying to do it is either 1) not working; 2) completely unsustainable.
- The proportion of adults with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) decreased between 1993 and 2012 from 41.0 per cent to 32.1 per cent among men and from 49.5 per cent to 40.6 per cent among women.
- There was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were obese between 1993 and 2012 from 13.2 per cent to 24.4 per cent among men and from 16.4 per cent to 25.1 per cent among women.
- In 2012, 67 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women aged 16 and over met the new recommendations for aerobic activity. 26 per cent of women and 19 per cent of men were classed as inactive.
- While overall purchases of fruit and vegetables reduced between 2009 and 2012, consumers spent 8.3 per cent more on fresh and processed vegetables and 11.7 per cent more on fresh and processed fruit.
- In 2012-13, there were 10,957 Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity among people of all ages. This is 6.6 per cent less admissions than in 2011-12 (11,736), although this is almost nine times higher than 2002-03 (1,275).
I do not have a degree in medicine, but I have passion for healthy life, good body and clear skin. I spend days and weeks reading scientific literature on the subject and I am completely self-taught.
Yesterday, as I was passing by the communal kitchen in the office, I saw this woman. This woman was not overweight, she was obese. She was definitely on the verge of being classified as morbidly obese. She was sitting at the kitchen table and eating a salad, which consisted of pure green leafy salad and some tiny bit of of oil based dressing.
I did feel sorry for her. I felt sorry for her because she is not the one. There are hundred of thousands of women like her, being desperate and down, who just do not know what to do and how to fix their bodies. Easy to say: “Hey, you need to go and see a dietician!”. But how many people actually go and see one? Ignorance is a bliss and people tend to not to ask for help, even when they need it.
In a way, women like her inspired me to do this. Because I do feel like I have things to share to make women feel better, less desperate, and most importantly, happier and healthier.
In a nutshell, if you are about 20 stones (or as a matter of fact even if you are 10 stones) eating salad leaves for lunch is a recipe for disaster. Why?
Well, for a start, you will be starving. You brain will see that you starving and it will know what you are trying to do. No matter how strong is your will power, you will fail eventually. May be not tomorrow, but you will in a week. You cannot fight with your instinct and your body will not allow you to starve itself, because it was not designed to work towards self-destruction.
I will not go into over scientific details as to why it is not sustainable, but I will give you an overview as to why obesity is never just a case of gluttony and sloth.