According to the Office of the Surgeon General,
The primary concern of overweight and obesity is one of health and not appearance.
What do you think of this statement? Does it represent your thoughts on why you want to lose weight? Or, those of the overweight population as a whole?
I think there are a lot of people out there more concerned with what they look like, than the health consequences of being overweight.
This becomes apparent when they finally do try losing weight, they'll opt for some crazy crash diet in an attempt to get slim quick, instead of a healthier regimen they can stick with long-term.
Seems pretty clear (to me at least!) their primary concern isn't health.
I think if we made health our top priority we'd get a bit further on the scale of success when trying to lose weight.
The health ramifications of being overweight or obese make for pretty dire reading. The Office of the Surgeon General's statement, Overweight and Obesity: Health Consequences, lists some of the consequences:
- Premature death
- Heart disease
- Breathing problems
- Reproductive complications
- Mobility problems
The thing is, most people already know about these health consequences. But, it seems to make very little difference.
Why do you think it's so difficult to change unhealthy habits for good? How do we go about finding the motivation to change these habits, so that we can put our health first?