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Energy Crisis (Part 4) – It is not just about #overweight/#obesity Crisis (Part 4) – It is not just about overweight or obesity

Energy Crisis (Part 4) – It is not just about #overweight/#obesity

Overweight is no longer a valued ideal but a prevailing condition. Ideals have changed. The worshiping of a round belly has given way to a craving to lose weight and be thin. These changes have made overweight a favorite topic in the health and wellness sector and an extremely important part of health marketing. People want to lose weight. Thankfully, there are currently an unprecedented number of solutions offered to solve this current energy crisis!

Although overweight and obesity are a central theme of my blog, I want to emphasize that it is only one part of the complicated picture of our health. Overweight, active, and physically fit individuals are actually healthier than normal weight individuals who do not participate in any physical activity. If you eat healthily and exercise regularly the health benefits are significant whether or not your actual body mass changes. In addition, when you are older and if you suffer from certain illnesses or diseases some overweight may actually be of benefit for your health and performance because overweight also can help to preserve muscle mass.

According to a number of studies, the increase in weight of certain populations has slowed down or even plateaued in the United States. The United States has typically been the front-runner in terms of statistics regarding overweight and hopefully other countries will follow them in this statistic. Overweight is, nonetheless, a widespread problem and there is no sign of the obesity epidemic getting smaller. Actually, the worldwide improvements in the standard of living will continue to increase overweight and obesity for some time. In my next blogs, I will address weight loss and weight gain and what influences these changes, as they are, in a sense, a symbol of the health industry. People want to lose weight, and for this reason, this promise is used in advertisements for multiple products.

Arto Pesola
Arto Pesola

Everyday Activity Scientist


Fibion Inc.

PhD in Exercise Physiology, Author of the 'Revolution of Natural Exercise' book

Some years ago, I was asked about my future plans. Without much of thinking I replied: “I want to make the world a better place where people don’t need to sit so much”. This spontaneous answer was the leading light to finish my PhD degree and forward to new business opportunities in health technology aiming at making life healthier - with less sitting. For my blog posts, I have used material from my book "Luomuliikunnan vallankumous" (engl. The revolution of everyday activity) (Fitra 2014).