Obesity is becoming the norm, but social media might help

YOU get to a point with your hair and you can't handle it no more so you do something about it.

When your hair gets to that certain length and you can't style it the way you usually do, it makes us frustrated and uncomfortable and straight away you make an appointment to go to the hairdresser.

This happens all the time to me. While waiting to get my hair cut, I watch the people shopping walk past.

My hairdresser is inside a shopping centre, so many people pass the shop.

One after another I watch them and realise what is happening to our average body shapes.

Is obese the new normal?

There was only a handful of people whom looked healthy and average and all the rest were larger, filling up on donuts and kebabs.

There was only a handful of people whom looked healthy and average and all the rest were larger, filling up on donuts and kebabs.

There's nothing wrong with having curves and a figure just as long you're fit and healthy and you feel good about yourself.

I guess when it comes to eating at a shopping centre or in general, you want to get the quickest and cheapest meal.

Would you rather get a salad for $10 or a stunner value meal at Hungry Jacks for $5.50 which includes a burger, chips, drink and ice cream.

Most likely you would go for the cheaper alternative, but those are the meals that have a lot of fat and sugar in them.

Eating these types of foods daily will affect your body and will cause you to gain body fat.

No wonder people are getting bigger and the norm is obese.

But is there a point when you look in the mirror and you say it's enough?

I guess it's the similar thing like with the hair and hair cut.

You start to feel uncomfy and not good about yourself and you do something about it - eat more healthy, exercise.

But how many people actually do something about it?

Are they too embarrassed and intimidated to join a gym?

I joined the gym two months ago, at first  it was terrifying, but then you take that step and there's this massive lift off your shoulders.

When you do consider going a gym, join with family or friends - they will support you and help you each step of the way to achieve your end goal.

There are many fitness groups and forums that can support you online.

How much do you exercise on a weekly basis?

This poll ended on 24 March 2014.

I exercised each day - 32%

I did a fair bit of exercise - 18%

I have an active job or active hobby, it's all the exercise I need - 24%

I didn't do any exercise at all - 24%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Social media once again has a large amount of influence.

Transformation photos, exercises, workouts, dieting and food information seem to be flooding Facebook and Instagram.

It may be difficult and temping at times, but stay focused and do a routine, and occasionally have your naughty day and treat yourself with some sweets or whatever you desire.

More people are becoming more obese and the numbers of diseases and heath issues are increasing such as diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, some cancers and sleep apnoea.

This is a great concern for our life expectancy which will most likely be cut short.

Always just remember, you are the way you are, and we were all born in different shapes and sizes.

Sometimes we can't change as it's been brought down through our genes, but the only advice I can tell you is  that you eat healthy, exercise, be happy, do the things you love, work hard  and enjoy life.


Nadz is a 20-something Queensland girl who blogs about life, love and friendship.

Topics:  health obesity opinion weight loss

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