Are you in greater Philadelphia trying to lose weight?
You are not alone. According to the statistics from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Philadelphia has the second-highest rate of obesity among the 10 counties containing the nation’s largest cities, according to a 2009 report. More than 68 percent of adults and 41 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 17 are overweight or obese.
8 things that can cause weight gain in greater Philadelphia
While many factors make people gain weight, some are more commonly seen and more important than others.
Here are 8 causes of weight gain for people in and around Philadelphia which also apply to people in other parts of the US and world to large degree.
Number one cause of weight gain in Philadelphia
Failed Food Pyramid
Although we traditionally were told eating more calories than burning is the cause of weight gain, this idea or concept of energy balance is purely mathematical and helped none to solve the obesity epidemic. Did we miss something as to what truly causes weight gain, eating habits, and hunger? Was this whole idea of eat less, exercise more an oversimplification that leads to the attitude of blaming the victim? Before we look at the what causes the weight gain, let us review what the US Government did in terms of healthy food recommendations in the form of the now failed and withdrawn food pyramid. Did the failed food pyramid contribute to the obesity epidemic?
Number two cause of weight gain in Philadelphia
Metabolic factors such as insulin resistance.
What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps glucose in your blood enter cells in your muscle, fat, and liver, where it’s used for energy. Glucose comes from the food you eat. The liver also makes glucose in times of need, such as when you’re fasting. When blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels rise after you eat, your pancreas releases insulin into the blood. Insulin then lowers blood glucose to keep it in the normal range.
What is insulin resistance?
Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood. As a result, your pancreas makes more insulin to help glucose enter your cells. As long as your pancreas can make enough insulin to overcome your cells’ weak response to insulin, your blood glucose levels will stay in the healthy range. Find out if you could be insulin resistant using this free online tool from W8MD.
Number three cause of weight gain in Philadelphia
Food and Activity
People gain weight when they eat more calories than they burn through activity. This imbalance is the greatest contributor to weight gain.
Number four cause of weight gain in Philadelphia
The world around us influences our ability to maintain a healthy weight. For example:
- Not having area parks, sidewalks, and affordable gyms makes it hard for people to be physically active.
- Oversized food portions increase Americans’ calorie intake, making even more physical activity necessary to maintain a healthy weight.
- Some people don’t have access to supermarkets that sell affordable healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Food advertising encourages people to buy unhealthy foods, such as high-fat snacks and sugary drinks.
Number five cause of weight gain in Philadelphia
Research shows that genetics plays a role in obesity. Genes can directly cause obesity in such disorders as Prader-Willi syndrome.
Genes also may contribute to a person’s susceptibility to weight gain. Scientists believe that genes may increase a person’s likelihood of becoming obese but that outside factors, such as an abundant food supply or little physical activity, also may be required for a person to put on excess weight.
Number six cause of weight gain in Philadelphia
Some hormone problems may cause overweight and obesity, such as under-active thyroid, Cushing syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Number seven cause of weight gain in Philadelphia
Stress, Emotional Factors
Some people eat more than usual when they are bored, angry, upset, or stressed.
Studies also have found that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese.
Number eight cause of weight gain in Philadelphia
Certain medicines also may cause weight gain, including some corticosteroids, antidepressants, and seizure medicines.
Now that we reviewed what causes weight gain, what is it that we can do to help lose weight in greater Philadelphia? Here are some tips.
8 things you can do to lose weight in Philadelphia
Follow recommendations for nutrition and physical activity, including:
Avoid sweetened drinks including sodas, sweetened teas, sports drinks, and fruit drinks. Drink tap water or seltzer with an ounce of juice instead.
Limit sugar to 25 grams per day for women and 50 grams for men. Read labels, because sugar is in many products.
Limit screen time to no more than 2 hours daily.
Engage in physical activity for 60 minutes per day and reduce sedentary time. Make the activity something you enjoy. Do it every day for at least a few minutes even if you can’t fit in your full hour.
Fill half of your plate with fruits and/or vegetables. This will help you limit portion sizes of other, more calorie-dense foods.
Include healthy fats in your diet, such as fish (tuna or salmon), olive oil, or a few unsalted nuts.
Prepare food at home instead of eating processed, take-out or restaurant food.
Get professional help when you really need to lose weight and have tried many fad diets in the past.
W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan.
Also see list of insurances we accept at W8MD greater Philadelphia locations in NE Philadelphia and King Of Prussia, PA
- Medicare Weight Loss
- Keystone First Weight Loss
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Weight Loss
- Aetna Weight Loss
- United Healthcare Weight Loss
- Cigna Weight Loss
- Personal Choice
- Keystone Healthplan East
- Tricare and more. Over 17 insurances are accepted.
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