Just 4 days ago, a global fast food chain launched a new campaign. A set meal consisting of unhealthy processed meat patties fried in recycled oil, a cup of super high sugar carbonated drink and French fries that do not rot even if left open for a year, is now going for only RM 5.95. It’s even cheaper than a bowl of Fish ball noodles! Guess what everyone will be having for dinner nowadays?
To make it even worse, they are offering an upgrade of your burger to doubles. Double to patty double the calories. Its an overload of unhealthy processed meat. Think about what it could do to your body? The phrase, a minute to your lips and a lifetime to your hips really does apply here.
Now, I am not saying that fast food is bad. In fact I love fast food. hachi-papa However the issue I am trying to highlight is people’s food choices, eating portions and exercise regimes.
These all lead to the rise of a new pandemic, obesity. It may not be a new phenomena in the world, but it is certainly the most urgent pandemic around the globe, so much so that there is a term “globesity” that can be found in dictionaries. Obesity is a complex condition, one with serious social and psychological consequences. It affects virtually all age and socioeconomic groups and threatens to overwhelm both developed and developing countries.
Just take a look around you, maybe not in this room, but obesity is one of today’s most blatantly visible – yet most neglected – public health problems. In 1995, there were an estimated 200 million obese adults worldwide and another 18 million under-five children classified as overweight. As of 2000, the number of obese adults has increased to over 300 million. In 2010, this figure has risen to an alarming 650 million worldwide.
It is happening right here in our own back yard. Malaysia has the tallest twin tower, the biggest mooncake, the longest line of 20 cents coins and also the highest obesity rate in Southeast Asia and ranks sixth in Asia region, according to a survey conducted by the Dewan Rakyat.. Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that 60 percent of Malaysians aged 18 and above had a body mass index (BMI) of over 24. The BMI is a measure of body weight based on a person ‘s weight and height. What is your BMI?
18 or less underweight
19 – 24, normal weight
25 – 29 overweight
30 – 39 obese
40 or more morbidly obese
There is no need to share with us your BMI but it is time we do something about it.
Obesity, which tend to hit women more than men, poses a major risk for serious diet-related diseases. Someone who is 40% overweight is twice as likely to die prematurely as is a normal-weight person. This is because obesity has been linked to several serious medical conditions, including:
-Heart disease and stroke,
-High blood pressure,
-Gallbladder disease and gallstones,
-Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea and asthma.
Doctors agree that the more overweight a person is, the more likely he or she is to have health problems. People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for chronic disease compared to normal-weight individuals.
Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability for over weight people. They are more likely to have high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, than people who are not overweight. Very high blood levels of cholesterol can also lead to heart disease and sudden death from heart disease or stroke without any signs or symptoms. Another very common obesity related disease is diabetes, it reduces your body’s ability to control blood sugar. It is a major cause of early death, heart disease, stroke, and blindness.
The good news is that losing a small amount of weight can reduce your chances of developing heart disease or diabetes. If you are overweight, reducing your weight by 5%-10% is proven to decrease your chance of developing heart disease.
Sometimes, obesity can affect your relationships with friends and family. The way you eat or your attitude towards food may scare those people around you. So many obese people report being depressed and lonely. They end up having to face this horrible disease alone. The psychological impact of obesity can be scary and I have witness so many cases where one’s self- esteem or confidence is shattered due to their weight issues.
Obesity also takes a toll on our finances. Every year, people spend billions of dollars on dieting, diet foods, diet books, diet pills, and the like. An estimated $45 billion is spent on treating the diseases associated with obesity. Furthermore, businesses suffer an estimated $20 billion loss in productivity each year from absence due to illness caused by obesity.
Are these good enough examples for you to help get rid of obesity? Whether for yourself or for others? Take some effort to choose healthier and low fat food. Learn to eat in moderation and make it a habit. Always make it a point to practice hara hachi bu, a term coined by the Japanese to mean eating until you are 80% full. Try to add exercise into your daily regime. Join a gym, or be like my friend Dennis who goes for mile long jogs every morning. Just moving more during the day will help you in a little way.
Ms Aw was an overweight lady who came to me mid of last year. She weighed 168 kg and was only 5’3″. Her BMI says that she was morbidly obese. When I asked her why she decided to come for help, she gave me a whole lot of stories that we could not imagine. Obesity takes a toll on her relationships. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she was obsessed with food. Her girl friends didn’t want to be seen with her. She couldn’t go shopping because none of the clothes in a regular store fitted her. It took a toll on her financially as well because she eats so much and has to custom make her clothes. She also has to spend a lot on health supplements. Even climbing up the stairs to go to the bedroom at night made her pant. She never had a day when her clothes were not drenched in sweat. At only 27, doctors says that she is at risk of getting a stroke. She decided to change her life once and for all.
However, if you find that beating obesity is difficult for you, seek medical help. Go and meet an endocrinologist or your regular GP
-If you are overweight or obese and don’t know how to lose weight
-If you are concerned about the effects of a weight-loss diet or increased physical activity on your other medical problems
-If you are unsuccessful at losing weight on your own
-If you want to stop the weight-loss “yo-yo”
-If you are concerned about the safety of your weight-loss method
Another very helpful method would be to use hypnosis. Hypnosis is an narrowed focus of attention and can help you to tap onto your subconscious mind to change your attitudes or behaviors. Very often than not, humans create their own self- limiting believes that hinders us from making change. “I can never lose weight”, “It’s impossible for me to walk up those steps”, thoughts like these stops us from the process of losing weight. Hypnosis comes in here. It helps you reframe your mind and help you to focus your mind on the healthy.
A lack of will power to exercise or an over active motivation to eat unhealthy food normally makes one unable to lose weight. Hypnosis will be able to give you the motivation and will power to exercise more. It helps you to reduce your urges for oily fat food and make you want to eat more fruits and vegetable (this of course depends on the suggestions you make, so please discuss this further with your therapist).
Hypnosis is a safe and proven method to help you lose weight. Their are many techniques and programs that can be used, among them, Hypno-Band or the 8-step plan. Speak to a therapist near you for more information. Remember, the power to change lies in your own mind.
The choice is really yours. If you want to live a happier and healthier life, its time to change your eating and exercise habits. If you want to help your loved one lead a happier and healthier life, pass this message along and aim to live a beautiful life.
There are many methods to help one overcome obesity. Hypnosis is one such method that is proven to be safe, effective and natural. It works on your subconscious mind to help you change your behavior over your eating habits, exercise regimes and sometimes even the emotions that are involved.