Mr. Johnson calls for all citizens to take control of their waistlines in 2010, calling it the single most important thing most Americans can do to immediately improve their quality of life whilst simultaneously reducing their lifetime healthcare costs.
(PRWEB) December 28, 2009
With the 2009 Christmas season and all of its food & drink indulgence festivities now behind us, it is time for the people of the western world to get back into physical shape. So says Mr. Trevor Johnson, an Australian obesity researcher who warns that the health dangers of obesity are killing and maiming more people in our over-eating western society than all the car accidents, guns, knives, alcohol, tobacco, wars, terrorism, murders, drowning and shark attacks worldwide combined.
That startling fact recognises that the single biggest cause of death in the USA and other western nations today is overweight. While other analyses ignore this fact and highlight the growth rate of cancers and the continuing high incidence of heart attacks and strokes as the major causes of death, Mr. Johnson points out that in the majority of cases in our society, these major diseases are in fact either caused or made all the worse by our epidemic of overweight and obesity.
"It is ironic that, given that on a global basis, the single biggest cause of death is starvation in third world nations, the single biggest cause of death in the developed world is too much food", he says, adding that people should realise that they are not obligated, either individually or collectively, to eat it all. Common sense, oft ignored.
Mr. Johnson points out that at least forty different diseases and medical conditions are directly caused or intensified by being overweight and several dozen others indirectly.
"Health care reform is a major political issue in the USA at the moment. Without commenting one way or another on the virtues or otherwise of the current Administration's reform efforts, the single biggest health care reform Americans and the rest of the western world needs is to their waistline. Preventative healthcare in the form of sensible personal weight management is the single biggest solution to the growing funding problems in health care in the developed world."
Mr. Johnson goes on to call for all citizens to take control of their waistlines in 2010, calling it the single most important thing most Americans and other westerners can do to immediately improve their quality of life whilst simultaneously reducing their lifetime healthcare costs.
Given the propensity of our modern culture to look for quick solutions to problems (not to mention quick solutions that cause problems -- fast food outlet abundance, for example), Mr. Johnson warns of "quick fix" weight loss methods and gimmicks.
Silly fad diets come and go every year. No-one ever maintained healthy weight loss by going on nutritionally unbalanced, short term modified starvation-type fad diets. In almost every case, short term weight loss is very quickly followed by rebound weight gain and given the loss of muscle tissue and slowed metabolism these silly fad diets cause, the end state of the dieter becomes worse than when they started. Mr. Johnson says that people should ask themselves this one, simple question about any diet plan they may be considering: "Can I stick to it for the rest of my life?" Basically, he says, meaningful and lasting weight loss boils down not to a short term quick fix, but to a permanent lifestyle change.
Bariatric weight loss surgery does have a place for the most extreme of overweight people or those with severe and present obesity-related medical conditions who have diligently tried and failed to lose weight by conventional means. Mr Johnson warns, however, that this last-resort option has become such business in our society, that far too many people who should be losing weight by more conventional means are opting for this dangerous quick-fix. Sadly, the medical industry profits so heavily from such procedures that many surgeons see dollar signs rather than human lives. "How many patients are told that, in the case of gastric bypass surgery, one in fifty will be dead within thirty days of the operation?" Mr. Johnson asks, emphasising the high risk nature of unnatural surgical intervention to treat obesity.
With over twenty five years of experience in the fields of weight loss, dieting and obesity, Mr Johnson now provides comprehensive objective information, the pros and the cons, of many weight loss programs, diet plans, weight loss medications and other related factual knowledge at his http://www.dietwords.com website. Access to all information provided at the DietWords.com website is free of charge.