The problems of being obese are visible in all areas of life, This section of Cirv focuses on obesity and the issues that sufferers encounter on a day to day basis.

Here we'll be discussing the many issues that are raised each day by the obese and what it means to them. There will be many in-depth articles covering many aspects of obesity and many of the measures that are taken to try and curb the weight gain and turn it into weight loss.

We'll also be covering many of the strategies for losing weight that people are trying in order to reverse their obesity and improve their health.

Defining Obesity

The most common way of making the definition that a person is obese is to calculate their Body Mass Index (BMI). This is a rather simplistic way of making a fast determination, although it has one or two drawbacks.

The main problem is that BMI is measured simply by taking a person's weight in kilograms and dividing it by their height in meters squared (BMI = W kg / H m2). It does not take into account bone and muscle mass or density, which can have a marked influence on the outcome.

For instance a heavily muscled bodybuilder would most likely have a high BMI and be regarded as obese when the truth is they don't have an ounce of fat on them! That that aside, this measure is relatively accurate for the "average" person.

What is Your Goal?

When you are feeling pretty down about the way you look and feel, maybe because you are getting worried about being obese but you don't really know what to do to get your weight down, one question you could start by asking yourself is what your weight loss goal is. Quite often, people have no idea what they want to actually weigh! They see a person in the mirror that can't possibly be them, but they can't imagine what they should look like.

Setting goals is important from a confidence aspect, because once you have a definite target to aim for, you at least have the starting gate open and can proceed with a plan to start to lose some weight. The trick to using goal setting as a means to motivate you is to set yourself interim goals instead of one big ultimate goal. You break the process down into smaller more easily achieved chunks. This is how to tackle obesity without putting yourself under any great pressure.

Month by Month

This way you can set, say a monthly goal. You could decide that you want to finish the month 10 pounds lighter than you started the month at. Or whatever is believable and desirable for you. Don't try to set the bar too high. If you do that, you will struggle to meet your goal and if you fail, then this can demotivate you and throw a spanner in the works.

But when you set a goal that is achievable and then you meet it, your confidence gets a real boost and you feel more determined to get on with meeting the next goal. And gradually but surely you will be getting your weight down to manageable proportions while giving your health a boost.

Articles in this Obesity Category

Below you should see a complete listing of titles that are published here under this Obesity category:

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