Obesophobia: Fear of Gaining Weight

Obese People Are More Likely To Die

Fear Of Fatness Is A Phobia And You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of It!

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that obesity causes more deaths than smoking or alcohol abuse combined. According to the WHO, being overweight increases your risk of dying from heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other diseases. Being obese is linked with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Obesity also affects mental health and quality of life.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), being overweight increases your risk of having a stroke, heart attack or any kind of cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, angina or chest pain. The AHA recommends that adults age 20 years and older should aim at a healthy body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds and are 5 feet 10 inches tall, your BMI would be calculated as 150/10 = 30.

People with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 have been classified as “obese.” Those with BMIs above 30 are considered “overweight” or “class I obese,” while those with a BMI over 40 are class II obese or morbidly obese. Class III obesity includes individuals whose weight exceeds 40 percent of their ideal body weight.

The AHA says that health care providers should advise all adult patients about their weight status, and counsel those who are overweight to help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The AHA also recommends:

All patients who are overweight or obese should be encouraged to lose weight by eating a heart-healthy diet and being physically active.

Treatment programs should be individualized for each person to ensure success.

Blood pressure and lipid control for people at high risk for cardiovascular disease should be intensified when appropriate.

Patients should be advised to stop smoking.

Patients with diabetes should follow their treatment plan and maintain tight glucose control.

People with a systolic blood pressure over 160 mm Hg or a diastolic blood pressure over 95 mm Hg should be referred to a health care provider with expertise in treating hypertension.

Obesity is a huge problem in the United States. In a 2013 Gallup survey, more than seven out of ten Americans were overweight or obese. More than one-third of all adults and nearly 17 percent of American children age 2 to 19 are obese. The situation is not likely to improve, because more than half of American adults do not get enough physical activity to meet the national guidelines.

The next time you’re at the grocery store, take a look at all the people around you. Chances are you’ll see more people who are overweight than underweight. Based on recent findings, the percentage of American children and teens who were obese was nearly five times what it was 40 years ago. The number of young people with type 2 diabetes has gone from near zero in the 1950s to a quarter of a million today.

Let’s be realistic! Not everyone can be a fashion model, and not everyone wants to be. But the problem is that being overweight can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer.

Think about it this way: if 25 percent of adult Americans are obese, that means three out of every four are NOT! There are plenty of people in this country who are not overweight or obese.

Why not pledge to get into that majority and improve your health?

So, don’t just sit there and munch mindlessly on those chips. Get up and go for a walk around the block. Even a half-hour of moderate activity most days of the week can add years to your life. And remember, it’s never too late to get fit. The strongest muscles in the body are the heart—so keep on Pumping Iron!

How much time do you spend each week doing moderate-to-strenuous exercise?

None Less than an hour A hour or more but less than 3 hours A hour or more but less than 5 hours A hour or more but less than 7 hours A hour or more per day


0-2 points: Looks like you need to get moving! Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide. In fact, you’re not just hurting yourself. Sitting on your rear end too much can also hurt those around you.

Remember those nasty diseases you don’t want to get?

Inactive people are more likely to catch infectious illnesses because their immune systems aren’t as strong.

So turn off the TV and put down that Xbox controller. If you’re a student, ask your mom to make you walk to school instead of taking the bus. If you have a part-time job, see if you can get tipped work like being a waitress rather than sitting at a desk. And if you’re really serious about getting in shape, ask your parents to pay for a gym membership.

After all, you don’t want to end up like the two-thirds of American adults who are overweight or obese!

3-8 points: Not bad. You’re in the majority, and that’s usually a good thing. Your body mass index (BMI) is most likely under 25, which means you’re just slightly heavier than you should be for your height. While you may be able to fit into those skinny jeans, you should still try to get your daily exercise.

A few years ago, the Surgeon General issued a report stating that just about every American adult (and most adolescents) could benefit from 30 minutes or more of physical activity each day.


Well, most importantly because it will improve your health! Studies have shown that regular exercise can cut your risk of heart disease in half and your risk of early death by 20 percent. Plus, you’ll have more energy and feel happier. Everyone likes that.

So get off the couch (unless you’re watching TV while sitting on it—then please continue) and go do something active! Walk to a friend’s house instead of driving, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or play a pickup game of soccer or basketball with your friends after school. Once you get active, you’ll never regret it!

9-12 points: Congratulations! You must lead a very active life. Or maybe you just have a healthy diet and are a little taller than average (which helps you burn more calories). Either way, good for you!

You should try to get everyone else up to your level of fitness though.


Well, encourage your friends to participate in sports or physical activities. If you’re a kid, ask your parents if you can join an after-school sport or activity.

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