Stop Being Fat!

Obesity

By Gideon Stephen, Senior Editor at The Caleb Report.

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The flawed rhetoric of the ‘fat pride’ movement

(CALEBREPORT.COM) —  With the “Fat Acceptance” movement pushing its deplorable agenda, being fat has become normal and even “trendy”. Yes, that’s right, “fat pride” is really a thing (how someone could be proud of carrying around several dozen extra kilos is beyond my comprehension).

Being fat is far from normal and can have some rather unpleasant and serious negative health consequences. Carrying extra weight leads to cardiovascular disease (mainly heart disease and stroke), type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, and some cancers. These conditions cause premature death and substantial disability. Well, imagine my shock… it turns out being fat may not be so trendy after all.

A recent study has revealed that between the years 2014-2015, a whopping 11.2 million Australians were found to be overweight or obese – 6.3 million (35.5%) were overweight but not obese and 4.9 million (27.9%) were obese. That’s 63.4 percent of Australia’s adult population.

Whether a person is fat or obese is determined by their body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of their height in metres. If the person’s BMI falls below 18, they are underweight. A healthy person of average weight will have a BMI equal to or greater than 18.5 but less than 25. Fat people will have a BMI equal to or greater than 25 but less than 30 and an obese person will have a BMI equal to or greater than 30.

The Council of Australian Governments has set a national performance benchmark for 2018, to increase the proportion of Australians at a healthy body weight by 5%, over the 2009 baseline of 36.9%. It’s no surprise that Australia is not currently on track to meet this 2018 performance benchmark of 41.9% any time soon. In 2014–15, a mere 35.0% of adults nationally were found to be in the healthy weight range.

What can we do about this problem? The government’s current solutions are equivalent to putting an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Obese people and their self-inflicted health problems are a burden to the health system and a blight on society. Poor diet, excess weight and obesity are the leading risk factors for the burden of disease. And our hospital system will not be able to cope in future – in fact, our hospital system is barely coping now.

Stop being fat! Prevention is better than cure. We need to end this problem at the source.
Stop the production of junk foods! There are absolutely no health benefits for consuming junk food, so why buy and consume garbage? Big junk food companies are not going to shut down on their own. They know that what they make is poison, but they don’t care about your health. They care about the money they are making. If you don’t buy their products, they don’t make money – and therefore, they may even end up shutting down. What should you eat instead? Fruit.

Australians need to stop consuming junk food, period. Eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising regularly will help you lose weight which will greatly decrease your chances of having one – most likely several – of the below conditions:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Various types of cancers
  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing for short episodes during sleep) and asthma

Perhaps being fat may not be so attractive after all…

About the Author

Gideon Stephen
Gideon Stephen is a freelance writer and journalist and a Senior Editor at The Caleb Report. Visit his website www.gideonstephen.com and follow him on Twitter @GideonSOfficial

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