The Myths About Obesity

Obesity affects over one-third of the U.S population, recently more schools have started offering after school programs and activities to help kids that are suffering from obesity. Childhood obesity is on the rise because junk food is readily available to kids. There is a McDonald’s on every block; fast food is cheap and it’s always available.

The article in the New York Times, Myths of Weight Loss Are Plentiful, Researcher Says, by Gina Kolata, talks about myths that surround weight loss. According to the article many people may think that if an obese person works out and watches what they eat then they will be able to lose weight. This is not entirely true because obesity can be inherited, it can be based on our metabolism and it is also influenced by our lifestyle. Many other factors contribute to obesity and they all affect us in different ways.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, being obese can also put the individual at risk of many health problems such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and sleep apnea. Treatments for these health problems can cost a lot of money and time. If a person is morbidly obese, they will need to go to regular doctor visits and check-ups, they will also need to be put on medication that will help with their problem. The article by Kolata also mentions that heredity influences obesity but it’s not the sole factor that determines it. If both parents are obese, then the child is most likely to also be obese. However, as the child gets older they have the choice to change their lifestyle and make themselves healthy.

According to the article by Kolata, a study was done to find out if eating breakfast causes a person to lose or gain weight. At the end of the study it was concluded that eating breakfast doesn’t make a person lose or gain weight. Although if you eat breakfast, try to make it something healthy; this way we can decrease our fat intake. The article also states that people make assumptions about others that have obesity. For example, many people will say that an obese person should eat more fruits and vegetables; they should try to be more health conscious. This is a myth and it has not been proved by any research or data, it’s just an assumption that if you eat healthier you will be able to lose weight. A fact that is supported by research is that exercise will help to lose weight. Obesity is inherited but with a proper diet and exercise, the person is able to lose weight. Myths of Weight Loss Are Plentiful, Researcher Says, by Gina Kolata explores the myths and assumptions of weight loss and the actual facts that are supported by research and data. When an idea or theory is supported by data it is much easier to debunk a myth or a belief.

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