Obesity is becoming the most critical health issue in the world today. Though a lot of attention and solutions are generated towards it, there are still some of the most common myths about obesity.
Most common myths about obesity:
Blame your genes for being obese:
recently some researchers had worked to know the genetic proposition of individual to gain weight as the number of obese people in the country is doubling stating their genetics to be responsible. But actually what happens is that we eat more food than required by our body just because we can.The trend of eating fast food at restaurants rather than homemade food is putting on more calories in the body making the people obese. The food industry is developing new products day by day that contain calories in each of its bite. So the business practices and our wrong eating habits should be blamed for increasing levels of obesity rather than the genes that have nothing to do with it.
Lack of realistic goals could make people frustrated and they will shed just a few pounds:
It is just a hypothesis and has no real evidence. Studies have shown that even if the goals are realistic, they might not show any effective outcome. Making realistic goals instead of ambitious ones could bring a change in the weight loss outcomes.
Weight loss through a particular exercise and diet is consistent and predictable:
It is a common idea that cutting down the calorie intake could lead to weight loss and adding too many calories in your diet will cause a gain in weight. But the studies have shown that you would lose just 20% of what you expect if this idea is true.Also this result is varied in every individual because the balance of exercise and food, body changes also contribute to drop pounds in the body. Researchers are in favour of the fact that the diet of each person should be personalised.
Weight loss at a slow and gradual pace is better than to lose is at a large and rapidly:
A study of 2010 revealed that people who lost weight in the beginning of the weight loss session may not gain back the pounds than those who are gradually loosing it, still one must not embark on a serious weight loss program without consulting the doctor as rapid loss in pounds can lead to some health consequences as well, which could be more dangerous than the extra weight itself.
People should be completely ready before beginning a weight loss program:
Researchers say that it just a simple fact that those who voluntarily chose for a weight lose program are minimally ready for the behaviours required t lose weight. A simple readiness to lose weight is enough rather a formal readiness assessment.
Gym is the best weapon for fighting with childhood obesity:
The decline of physical activity and education among the teens and kids is the moat raised point when talking about child obesity. But researchers are not expressing their relevance towards the point.
If a child is spending much of his time in gym, it may lead to an increased effect over the body mass index of the child which is inconsistent. Whereas the physical activity conducted in school does not cause such change, it rather brings other positive results like lower level of cholesterol in blood and less addiction to television. Certain levels of physical activity at school are enough to deal with obesity issues among the children.
Baby is protected against obesity through breastfeeding:
Many of us believe that people who are breastfed are less likely to have obesity when grown up but no medical evidence has been recorded for the same till now. Breastfeeding activity do not aim offer any protection against obesity. Breastfeeding is recommended by the medical experts but for other heath reasons, not for preventing obesity.
Calories could be burnt through sex:
Sex is a healthy practise for the body for a variety of reasons but burning calories have nothing to do with it.
People with less educational and social status are likely to get obese:
It is one of the most common myths about obesity but the truth behind it is that people with all income and educational levels are getting fat day by day. People at all the rungs of the ladder of socio economic status are gaining weight at a similar rate only.
People exercise less due to long working hours and lack of free time:
The fact is that there is an increase in the leisure time of people from a past few decades. Paid working hours are on decline and an increase in the self reported exercise has been reported.