Obesity and the Vegan Lifestyle



OBESITY

A plant-based lifestyle can improve health in individuals who are overweight. Carrying extra weight tends to cause other chronic diseases to occur. Obesity is beginning to replace malnutrition as a factor in ill-health. One’s body mass index (BMI) determines whether a person is obese.

National Institute of Health BMI indicator:

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if one’s BMI number is 30 or above, then one is considered obese. Certain illnesses associated with obesity are major health issues including coronary heart diseases (which includes high blood pressure), sleep-breathing disorders, type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. There are multiple factors associated with obesity, and excessive weight results from genetics, environment, and the relationship between thoughts and social influences.

Case Study in Obesity and the Effects of Plant-Based Lifestyle

Tracy Ryan had been obese her whole life. When she was only twelve years old, she weighed approximately 200 pounds. While other teenagers were wearing trending outfits, Tracy had to buy older women’s clothing to fit her body. She was unhappy, and by the age of twenty-nine, she was on the road to having severe health issues, with a weight of 345 pounds. After getting her doctors permission to start a vegan lifestyle and exercise, Tracy began by cleaning out her kitchen and throwing away any of the foods that contained animal-sourced products. With her new coach, Juan, by her side, she went grocery shopping. Tracy could eat fruits and vegetables, and she kept a bowl of fruit, instead of candy bars at her desk at work. They began, very slowly and with baby steps, to exercise. She lost 12 pounds in the first week. The second week, she had lost a total of 28 pounds. The weight was coming off quickly, while her strength and endurance increased. Tracy kept up her lifestyle toward good health, and after a year, she had lost 200 pounds and started to run marathons. 

Documentary: https://www.kanopy.com/product/unsupersize-me

Here is hoping one finds a path to healthier, happier life! Sending you love and light.

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