In medical community, "obesity" is generally said to be present in women with more than 30% body fat and men with more than 25% body fat. "Morbid obesity," a more serious condition still, occurs when a person is 50-100% or 100 pounds above his or her ideal body weight or has more than 39% body fat. Medical problems commonly associated with morbid obesity include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers (including breast and colon cancer), depression, and osteoarthritis.
Obesity among American population is a serious epidemic. The results of a 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicate that an estimated 64% of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese.
Millions of people approach weight control, focusing on symptom. The symptom being weight itself. These people put all their energy into baking it off, working it off, starving it off, or all kinds of fad diets.
They all experience ups and downs on weight charts and scale. This makes for a lot of upset and depressed people who think that they will never solve problem of eliminating, permanently, those excess pounds and inches.
The only time that anyone has to be concerned with weight control is when they are eating. The fact of matter is that people are concerned with weight before they eat and they beat themselves up after they eat. While people are eating there is no concern.
We spend a small amount of time each day eating and that is only time that people have to increase their conscious awareness and focus on developing proper eating habits.
If you are overweight, you may be so because you formed a habit of eating improperly.
By re-educating your eating habits, you will find that you still enjoy eating and for much more positive reasons. You'll eliminate weight -- and you won't regain it.
The plan is very basic, simple, and easy. Every week, for a period of six weeks, you are going to practice a new and different mental exercise to help you change your eating habits.
WEEK ONE: Sit down to eat and drink. Even if it's only a piece of gum or a sip of water, sit down! This will help eliminate unconscious snacking that is so much a part of being overweight. This also eliminates tasting foods for those who cook.
WEEK TWO: Relax! Take a minute to breathe comfortably and be thankful for food in front of you. This will help you become aware of foods that you eat and way in which you eat them.
WEEK THREE: Chew your food well. Sip your drinks. Take small bites. Depending on what you are eating, chew from 25 to 40 times with each mouthful. By consuming small portions and eating more slowly, your taste buds will have a chance to get full and wonderful flavor from nutritious foods you are eating.