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Posted Mar 19, '08 at 3:38am

Carlie

Carlie

6,915 posts

Knight

This is to bring up the issue of the rise of obesity, and cases of overweight people in general. I am curious as to what you think about it and what you attribute it to. Are we not active enough? Do we eat unhealthily? Is it genetic? Lack of education on the topic?

I just read an article that claims that eating lots of fatty foods can cause disruptions in your genes, causing you to be fatter.

Personally, I think it is a lack of proper nutrition and physical fitness. This is easier for some people to stick to, and harder for some. But I think it is a lot easier to make healthier decisions for yourself when you are educated on nutrition and fitness.

 

Posted Mar 19, '08 at 6:34am

DecadentDragon

DecadentDragon

257 posts

Bad diet/habits have more to do with it than anything else.  People simply aren't designed to eat 3 square meals a day, and we have become a sedentary society.

 

Posted Mar 19, '08 at 11:30am

Armed_Blade

Armed_Blade

1,563 posts

Well, Doctorish-Wise some peoples fats, that are whiter in color are WAY easier to burn, on the other hand -- the darker and more yellowish thickish fat is harder to burn. But both can be accomplished, The problem with Obeisity is the rise of things such as video-Games, TV, and the fact that you can find sugar lying around anywhere in your house. Thankfully, My mom cared about me from the beggining. They say obeisity happens from the starts, because usually, kids without knowing eat what they want, when they want, and they're mommy [If she's not really smartikal on the topic] gives it to them.

So, Theres no scientific fact yet [I think] that it changes into your genes giving you an attract to fat/ different fat.

I think, that as new things to keep you busy on a screen and stuff come out [Which are amazing, I use them :P] Kids shouldn't leave sports behind, and thats becoming a problem. Now, for the elders who've taken the fatty course, I just say they need to get active. They're probably not buff and probably can't become a pro if they try out a sport, but they can get better over time. Treadmill's help.

I mean, you can only blame the people and the fact that people don't seem to like their salads here. :S Either that, or physical fitness is on a low. Like.. Killer low.

 

Posted Mar 19, '08 at 12:15pm

Carlie

Carlie

6,915 posts

Knight

Salads aren't actually particularly healthy, when people eat them they tend to put lots of fattening dressing on it. And then they wonder why it doesn't make them thinner...

Personally, I didn't know much about nutrition, until I started taking food science classes in college. Or what I knew, wasn't actually accurate.

It is hard to tell how bad the 'epidemic' is for me though. I live in a very active community, where the number of bikes outweighs the number of people more than 2-fold. So generally, people here are very active, and therefor pretty fit. But then I hear stories about Texas cities with obesity on the rise, and watch Supersize Me, and learn about people who eat at fast food restaurants EVERY DAY!

I think it also has something to do with family values. When I was growing up, we always had dinner together at home. We rarely went out to restaurants, and hardly ever fast food. Eating a healthy balanced meal at home, and going to Burger King are two completely different things. And its sad, but I don't think as many families have dinner together like they used to. And I think, that it is probably another factor.

 

Posted Mar 19, '08 at 3:59pm

jtay23

jtay23

44 posts

it about your metabolism if you have a efficient metabolism or fast a many refer it as then you can eat what ever you what and your some what active  like my friend  he can eat a whole cake and pizza  in one sitting but he won't gain a pound he got 6 pack and he very healthy
I am  overweight i try not to eat alot b/c i have a inefficient metabolism or slow and I'm  really  active  i snowboard and try to work out during the winter and the summer all i do is swim  and ride my bike.  I know i should be skinner. the one funny thing about me is that one week i friend let me borrow his Xbox 360 and all i did was play that every day a the beginning of the week i weighted myself it was 186 by the end of the week i was 180 i lossed 6 lbs play video games and not eating all i ate  was dinner with my family

 

Posted Mar 19, '08 at 4:02pm

Carlie

Carlie

6,915 posts

Knight

How efficiently your metabolism works can also have to do with your thyroid. Whether or not it is over or under active. I have had friends with both. Some would eat a lot, and would never gain weight. Others tried to be as healthy as they could and they still wouldn't lose weight. So sometimes it has more to do with it than metabolism. There could be a deeper reason.

 

Posted Mar 19, '08 at 8:26pm

Megamickel

Megamickel

946 posts

I dunno, my aunt had hyperactive thyroid and she was skinny as hell, then they fixed it and she went from I to O.
I think I drew the wrong cards genetically, but still, the reason I'm overweight is because I don't exercise and I DEFINITELY don't eat healthy. Personal testimonial rite heer - a diet of nothing but Monster and Funions + 24/7 gaming -> extreme obesity!
Actually it's not so extreme in my case, but I could stand to lose... a lot.

 

Posted Mar 19, '08 at 9:10pm

WizardInBlack

WizardInBlack

490 posts

Haha.. I hear that Mickel, I could shed a few lbs my self.

 

Posted Mar 19, '08 at 9:20pm

ngfan14

ngfan14

937 posts

I agree. I am not overweight myself (114 lbs.) but I think most people eat too much junk food, watch too much tv, are inactive, and sit at the computer all day. This ends up making a lot of people overweight. I think eating less junk food and participating in sports can help people lose weight or keep from being overweight. I am in track and eat very little junk food to stay healthy and I think more people should start to get active and lose weight because it can help them live longer, happier lives.

 

Posted Mar 19, '08 at 10:21pm

MrMonkey3

MrMonkey3

523 posts

I think most really overweight people don't exercise or eat healthy, just like their families most of the time I think it's bad habits that deveolope in families not always but  a lot