While many people out there have no reason to be concerned about their size, there’s a percentage of people who are clinically unhealthy. The United States is home to somewhere in the region of 130 million obese men and women, which is pretty substantial given the population is only around 325 million. With a good 40% of the population endangering themselves with their weight, the country has a major problem on their hands. It’s not just here where obesity is an issue though – it’s everywhere.
More than 2 billion people on the planet are becoming unhealthy due to their eating habits and sedentary lifestyles. In countries like Australia, more than half of the population are obese, and things are only getting worse. One woman who fit into this statistic was Elena Goodall. In 2015, she weighed a staggering 405 lbs, and doctors told her that her obesity could soon lead to an early passing. Faced with the prospect of death, Goodall did something to change her life around, and the results were unbelievable.
There are a lot of factors that influence obesity. Obviously, the most significant contributors are the consumption of unhealthy food and the lack of exercise, but it’s not only bad willpower that’s influencing people’s weight. In places like the U.S., it’s hard to avoid all the food that’s bad for us. Serving sizes are bigger than everywhere else, and fast food is often cheaper than healthier alternatives.
One of the greatest problems facing the world is the level of obesity in children. The higher availability of junk food and the shortage of physical activity programs means that the younger generations are starting off life overweight. Those who have grown up with poor health will be less inclined to change when they’re older.
This isn’t helped by the fact that many of the jobs these generations are taking on require minimal exercise. Many people work in offices where they sit at a desk for 8 hours with little reason to move around. After a long day at work, the last thing people want to do in the evenings is exercise. Therefore, they go through the week doing very little to help out their bodies.
These are all issues that pile on top of each other and have landed us with the problem we’re now facing. That’s how Goodall got to the position where she weighed over 400 lbs. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In most cases, it’s never too late to turn things around and improve your health. Goodall managed it, and now she’s a completely different woman. Anything is possible.