From Shamefully Fat to Encouragingly Healthy

The chance of an obese person attaining normal body weight is 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women, increasing to 1 in 1,290 for men and 1 in 677 for women with severe obesity, according to a new study. The findings suggest that current weight management programs focused on dieting and exercise are not effective in tackling obesity at population level.

via Low chance of obese people recovering normal body weight — ScienceDaily.

There is a common fallacy that it is expensive to eat healthily. No when it comes down to it you just need to ingest less calories than you spend and you will loose weight. The axiom of prevention being easier than the cure works well here. Try your best to avoid becoming obese.

Here is a handy source for some cheap healthy meals – Broke & Healthy. I found this site through a great post on the comparison between first and 3rd world poor. Having lived in different countries and experienced how various classes live I can add anecdotal and lived experiences to the content those links lead to.

In Kenya the percentage of overweight people is higher in the ‘rich or well off’ than it is in the poor. This is the inverse of what it is in the United States. Why is this? Likely a large part to the types of jobs these groups have as much as the foods they eat.

Whole, fresh and filling foods versus  a diet consisting of calorie dense, sweet and processed foods. Walking to work versus commutes sitting in vehicles. Jobs that often require physical labour plus being outside in the sun versus those that involve sitting often in an air-conditioned office. This is both on the way to work and once there versus walking to work where you are often on your feet.

To overcome my obesity I began to eat better. Found more ways to walk. As often as I could did not stock the fridge but tried to walk to get and prepare only the food I needed that day. I researched the material until I knew how foods could damage my health. Not just aware of them as a chain-smoker is aware of the warnings they read as they pick up another pack of cigarettes during their lunch-break, but know it to the point where I feel my body get sluggish from certain foods.

Sometimes just thinking of the foods.

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Illustration is Gluttony from a series titled the SeVIIen Deadly Clowns. More on these coming soon. Yes that includes merchandise

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when fit but unfit…

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…or fat but fit

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