Adult obesity is a major concern in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incidence of obesity has been increased to 42% and severe obesity prevalence has increased to 9.2%. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 650 million people worldwide are living with obesity. One thing fuels up the social stigma attached to being overweight, that is obesity myths. Unfortunately, many people believe these obesity myths and misunderstand common things which complicate matters even more.
Although people are becoming more ‘aware’ of common health problems related to being overweight. All thanks to the public and private health awareness campaigns, there is an improvement in health education yet many people believe some obesity myths despite being falsified by the research.
It is necessary to understand obesity as a whole in order to get control over it. Here are five top obesity myths which people believe to be true.
Diet and exercise results in weight loss
It is probably the most famous one among all obesity myths that if you eat less and move more, you will lose weight. This is not completely untrue but weight loss is a lot more than just diet and exercise. There are other things such as quality of food, food sources, empty calories, hormonal health, stress levels, sleep cycle, etc that matter too. Putting all the burden on dieting and exercising alone would be unfair. And the best weight loss is the one which overlooks all these issues and lose weight naturally.
Obesity results in diabetes type 2
To some extent it is true but obesity doesn’t cause type 2 diabetes directly. In fact, it is only a risk factor for it. it means not every obese person ends up with diabetes and not every diabetic patient is obese. The risk is high for everyone especially pregnant women who may experience gestational diabetes if they are overweight. Interestingly, obesity is not a risk factor for type 1 diabetes.
Obese people are very lazy
One of the bizarre obesity myths is that people who are obese are slugging, inactive, and lazy. Although the main reason behind obesity is a lifestyle change body activity level is not dependent upon the body’s weight. There is significant proof that tells that obese people are not necessarily inactive and lazy. The difference in the activity level of overweight and the obese person only differ slightly. Another thing to add here is that not everyone can do well in physical activity. For example, mentally challenged people and stressed patients can not move much even without obesity.
Obesity is always genetic
Obesity and genetics share a close but complicated relation and if a person has obese relatives, it doesn’t mean that he will also develop it. There is a possibility of genetics and environmental factors to govern the weight of a family if they live together. But the recent studies show that obesity has not a single cause and there could be multiple factors involved.
Fruits and vegetables for weight loss
Many people find that a ‘natural’ diet of fruit and veggies can trigger weight loss in an obese person. There is plenty of research that shows education and dietary preferences to play a strong part in body weight. so it is not just about what you eat, there is still much more to make weight loss happen.