Some of the possible reasons why so many people struggle with maintaining a healthy weight
Ignorance – a pure basic lack of knowledge could be a possible reason. Simply not understanding the benefits or the potential side effects of not maintaining a healthy weight.
Easy access to junk foods – junk foods are so easy to pick up and most are cheap. It has never been easier to get hold of a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps/chips or something along those lines.
The government is partly responsible for allowing such easy access to these foods. In the UK almost all of the vending machines in public places consist of chocolate bars and crisps/chips.
The government complains about the strain and expense on the health service from health problems caused by being overweight, yet we are not seeing much change to the access of these foods.
The way we think – we live in a very instant gratification world, often people are not thinking about the consequences of their actions but rather just aiming for that instant fix to feel better or get pleasure from what they eat.
The most important reason for eating is staying alive and providing our bodies with the nutrients it requires. This is why we need to consume, basic and simple, however in much of the world this understanding or way of thinking has been lost.
These days in much of the world food is equal to pleasure, pleasure and instant gratification rule! this has happened because in richer counties food is in abundance and so easily accessible. The way we think doesn’t just apply to food and diet, it also applies to exercise as well. For many people exercise seems like an unpleasant thing, when they think about exercise they relate it too boredom, pain and generally unpleasantness.
There is some truth to this however there are many feel good benefits that come from exercise, most are just not as instant or obvious, again it comes back to the instant gratification culture that is so dominate.
This is a very difficult one because for this point to be useful it would require a change of thinking and as most of us know change is not easy, it requires a lot of work. It also requires us to consider that the way we think about food and exercise is wrong and this is something that many people are not willing to do, the emphasis here on being wrong in our thinking.
Why is it so difficult? the way we think which is possibly caused by our modern day societies, easy access to cheap junk food, advertising and of course there is always an element of personal responsibility.
Obesity is becoming a real problem here in the UK costing the government an ever increasing amount in health care costs. The government needs to change things before this problem will improve, cheap junk foods need to be less accessible and controlled with an increased amount of healthier well priced alternatives.