Blogger: Susan Parsons MD
Blog: Diet Secrets MD
NOTE: Dr. Parsons received a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition before going to medical school to
become a physician. She has 3 degrees from Ohio State University
– first a B.S. in English, then later the M. S. and the M.D. She is
currently Board Certified in Family Practice as well as in Hospice and
Weight loss is a popular topic these days. Does this mean that most of us are overly obsessed with our looks and our figures? Granted, eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia are too common. And the compulsion to be thin has sadly wrecked the health of more than a few.
But look around. As a family doctor, I see a far bigger problem for society as a whole, and that is obesity. More than 65% of Americans are now overweight, and other developed countries are close behind. Even our government is concerned.
Corpulence is not primarily a beautification issue, except maybe in Hollywood. Obesity is a health problem, and it is growing by leaps and bounds. Did you know that the average adult weighs 25 pounds more now than in 1960? Our idea of "normal" today may be skewed.
The biggest problem with obesity is not whether you can get into your bikini or skinny jeans but the costs to your health and well-being. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, birth defects, infertility … all of these problems (and more) are promoted by the condition of being too fat.
while some women are overly fixated on cellulite and what to do about
it, the majority of us should probably be more concerned about our
extra pounds than we actually are. (more after the jump)