Am I Obese?
Odds are that you are at least overweight. Based on 2009-2010 Statistics, 69.2% of Americans were overweight/obese and 35.9% of Americans were Obese. So, Am I Obese? Very possibly. Unfortunately, the precise measurements of obesity vary depending on who you talk to but generally, it is considered having a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 30. Now, you have to be VERY careful when looking at charts. The reason is, nearly every body builder in the world would be considered obese at worst, very overweight at best. Muscle weighs more than fat. So, if you have a lot of muscle, and if you’ve lifted weights or are in great shape, or if you have a certain body type, the charts that are out there could actually show you having a BMI greater than 30 when you are actually fit. But, don’t sugar coat it if you are either. You know if you are carrying more fat than you should. As for me personally, I could for sure drop off a little more fat, but I would definitely not consider myself Obese or even Overweight. I might be viewed by a few people as being overweight, but for me, my blood pressure is great, my cholesterol is fine, my triglycerides are in check, and I lift weights nearly every day. One thing I would tell you is, if you think you are obese, fat floats and muscle sinks. The BEST way to see what your body fat percentage is would be to go to a sports medicine facility and get in the tub of water and see how much you weigh on land and what the tub says. There are other ways to determine if you are asking yourself, Am I Obese, but that is the best, most scientific way.
Am I Obese, and if I am, what are the risks?
Obesity is not just a cosmetic issue. If you look in the mirror and ask, Am I Obese, you may have a few factors affecting that. People who carry weight around the midsection and stomach area are more at risk than someone who carries weight in the buttocks, hips and thighs. There are still risks, but they are different. Family history also plays a role in the factors of obesity. However, don’t be fooled. Obesity DOES carry risks and they are high risks for people who carry a lot of extra weight. If you are obese and have unhealthy eating or activity habits, you have a higher risk for gallstones, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, coronary artery disease (CAD), a stroke, and sleep apnea, among other conditions. I’m sure you know people who have died before their time. I remember a construction worker I got close to on a project who was big time overweight, and I remember how I felt the day I pulled up to the site and found out he had gone to bed that night in his hotel room (he was from out of town) and had fallen asleep and never woke up. He basically stopped breathing, apparently from sleep apnea, and his oxygen levels fell so low he just died. Before I lost weight and got in shape, I used to snore badly and Melanie said I would stop breathing at night. That fixed itself when I lost the weight. Getting a machine to help you breathe at night will help the symptom, but it won’t cure the disease. Obesity is a problem and if you think it’s normal and that it’s just “the way I look”, then you need to know, you are at risk of some very horrible diseases as you grow older from the health issues that will crop up. My Dad died of pancreatic cancer and I although there is a family history there, I attribute it to eating GREAT tasting food on the farm, but nearly everything was fried or cooked in fatback. We just didn’t know any better during that time and I think if he had exercised more and eaten better, he would not have died of cancer at 68. So, when I ask myself, Am I Obese, I want to be able to emphatically say NO!!
If you answer Yes to Am I Obese, there is hope!!
My family is addicted to The Biggest Loser. We LOVE the stories of people and how they change. They do it the RIGHT way. They do it by eating right and exercise. Remember my story about Tracy? She initially asked herself, Am I Obese and the answer was, of course, yes. But, she beat it. The chart at right shows how obesity is increasing and it is a very ugly trend. It is possible to reverse most instances of Type 2 Diabetes. It is possible to get off of blood pressure medication, cholesterol medication, and get your triglycerides under control. Heart disease problems can be reversed. It can all be done. It is also possible to feel GREAT about yourself and feel good in your clothes. I know how miserable it feels to weigh nearly 300 lbs and get out of breath walking up a flight of stairs. I know how sore you get working out. I remember how it felt to try to fight the No Willpower problem eating. But, I also know it can be done, because, I’ve done it. I NEVER want to go back to feeling like that again, and I’d love to help you feel like that. I’ve told you I will NEVER be an underwear model. But, I know I can be the best I can be and I know I’m in shape and I’m not on any medications to keep things under control that I can control through good nutrition, like Shakeology, and Working out with GREAT Beachbody Programs. That is why I became a Beachbody Coach. Contact me and I will help you too. I promise!! Come help us End The Trend of Obesity!! Then, you will be able to say NO to the question, “Am I Obese?”!!