39% of the world adult population suffers from obesity. Since the 1970’s, the rate of obesity has tripled! Obesity is a disease where one’s body has an excessive amount of fat. Being obese isn’t just a physical or cosmetic problem. The issue has grown to epidemic proportions, with over 4 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese in 2017, according to the global burden of disease. Obesity can affect one’s chances of getting diabetes (type 2), developing heart problems, high blood pressure, and even cancer. People usually become obese due to genetics, having a bad diet, and not working out.
Many people wonder – why has obesity become such a big problem over the last few decades? The answer is – fast food and processed foods. Nowadays, people eat fast food very often because it's cheap, filling, and fast. Fast food is very processed, and it is high in sodium and low in any nutritional value. Even if people don’t eat past food very often, they eat snacks, sugary drinks, and sodas.
Many diets such as Paleo cut out all processed food including sugar, artificial sweetener, and trans fats that are found in cakes, cookies, crackers, and margarines. These diets are very effective because they encourage people to eat healthier food that is healthier and not processed. However, these diets are difficult to stick with.
Another reason for obesity is that kids prefer to eat carbs (like pizza and pasta) rather than vegetables. This is a cultural problem, especially in the US. In Israel, kids in preschools are given healthy food to eat for lunch (salads, chicken, rice, etc.). They are taught from a young age to eat the right kinds of foods. While in America, school cafeterias serve pizza, hamburgers, and French fries.It is very important to educate children on healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
Lack of physical activity
The lack of physical activity is another major reason for the obesity problem in the world. Most people have jobs in which they are seated. This means that throughout the day they aren’t moving around and getting physical exercise at all and once these people come home from work, they just want to relax, they certainly don’t want to get on the treadmill and walk for an hour.
It is important that every individual find a way to exercise at least 3 times a week. It can be through taking walks, going on an exercise machine, going to the gym, swimming, or doing yoga. There are many ways to keep your heart rate up and exercise.
A lot of people start working out but then they lose motivation and eventually stop. The best way to stay motivated to work out is by finding a partner to exercise with. This can be a close friend, your spouse, a sibling, or a parent. Having a partner to work out with will keep you motivated and encourage you to keep exercising.
Overall, it is important to make healthy life choices and avoid becoming obese. It is important to limit the amount of processed food that you consume, to increase you physical activity, and to keep yourself active and healthy!
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Dear Dr. Eliana words simply cannot express how much you have done for all of us and so many others in keeping us informed, calming anxieties, and being such a wonderful and patient resource through such a difficult time. Wishing you much bracha and hatzlacha in the merit of all the countless mitzvot u have done to help so many through these trying times; mikol halev, ein milim and thanks so so much .
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Hello Dr. Aaron. I cannot thank you enough for providing not only crucial information but a framework that gave us stability and allowed us to function (instead of descending into chaos, which undoubtedly would have happened, if not for you). At the risk of waxing dramatic, I will tell you that when I think of what you've done these past couple of months, what comes to mind is Rav Yohanan Ben Zakai asking Vespasian to give him Yavneh ve-Hakhameha, thus saving the entire enterprise of Talmud...
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I just wanted to thank you very much for that presentation. Very thorough and certainly helped create important and necessary focus. Very much appreciated.
Gap Year Program Staff
First of all, thank you for that incredibly informative call. Really got us thinking about all the issues we need to consider for next year. Thank you in general for being available to all of us on the group. We have benefited so much from your wisdom and advice over the past few weeks.
Head of Gap Year Program
I just wanted to thank you for all your guidance and advice you're are providing the yeshivot and midreshot. I'm the Director of a boys program and although I'm sure you've heard it many times already, your role has been indispensable in getting us all through this.
Head of Gap Year Program