Normal healthy weight no longer exists when it comes to the American population. These days “normal weight” is actually overweight or even obese. In fact, two-thirds of American adults and one-third of children and adolescents are considered overweight or obese. Obesity in America has gotten so bad that it now threatens to decrease our life span, which has slowly increased over the past century. It is now more important than ever to get ourselves healthy before we wipe ourselves out.
Liposuction for Body Sculpting
This isn’t to say that people don’t try to reach a healthy weight. In fact, at The Plastic Surgery Group in Albany, we see many patients who have lost weight and decide to undergo liposuction or a tummy tuck as their final step in sculpting their bodies. We even provide a special procedure for patients after a major weight loss. However, plenty of other people who try to lose weight aren’t successful. Out of the twenty-five percent of men and forty-three percent of women who go on a diet each year, only about five to twenty percent actually succeed in losing weight and keeping it off.
Solutions for Obesity Habits
Although people blame themselves for not being more strong-willed or more determined, the blame is not entirely on them. Nor can the blame be fully placed on the stomach. In fact, our brains have a lot to do with our urge to eat too much. Our brains are actually wired that way! So no matter how determined we are, our brain can certainly overpower not only our determination, but our stomach. It’s our brain that can’t ignore that leftover food on our plate. It’s our brain that lets the burger taunt us into caving as soon as you lay eyes on one. It’s our brain that likes to tell us we aren’t full and that there is room for cake, even if you feel as if you are about to burst.
Scientists hope to find just what exactly in the brain causes this urge to overeat. Whether it is a hormone or piece of the brain that triggers these bad habits, scientists hope to find a way to turn it off. With the trigger off, people will hopefully be able to cut back on their consumption without a problem. With the trigger off, America may have a fighting chance in getting healthy once more.