Obesity: A Shifting Paradigm

by Dr. Bill Sukala (PhD) |  Date Released : 15 Jan 2009

  • Introduction
  • Obesity increasing in industrialized nations
  • One billion people globally are considered overweight
  • When you take people from a rural area and put them in an urban area obesity levels go up
  • It seems the start of the current obesity epidemic was 500 years ago during the European colonization
  • On a global scale we’ve become so reliant on technology…everything is done for us
  • The industrial revolution changed the world
  • The ancient genome which was protective has become a liability
  • BMI doesn’t take body composition into consideration
  • We can’t just look at BMI by itself
  • Fat localized to the belly region is implicated in a cascade of metabolic diseases
  • Its possible to not be obese on the BMI scale or even body composition measures, yet if the concentration of body fat is located in the belly region accompanied by habits that are contraindicated to health we could be predisposed to health risks
  • People can carry body fat and still be healthy
  • The weight loss agenda
  • Calories in vs. calories out
  • Making small changes we can live with
  • People who are upright and gravity bearing can lower bodyweight and improve their health
  • The tread-desk improved entire metabolic profile
  • Does the media contribute to or help the obesity problem?
  • The secret is there is no secret
  • As fitness professionals we are educators
  • Re-educate and re-frame

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Dr. Bill Sukala (PhD)

About the author: Dr. Bill Sukala (PhD)

Dr. Bill Sukala is a Sydney-based exercise physiologist, industry consultant, and health writer for Weight Watchers, Diabetic Living, and other top-tier health magazines and websites. He holds a PhD in Exercise and Sport Science with a research focus on type 2 diabetes and obesity, a masters degree in Exercise Physiology, and a bachelors degree in Nutrition. Frequently quoted as a health expert in the international media, Dr. Sukala has delivered numerous keynotes presentations, workshops, and seminars across five continents.  Visit his website: https://drbillsukala.com/

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