Americans, particularly women, are prone to thinking of themselves as fat. It’s endemic and also sad, because much of what is regarded as fat is a purely cultural norm. As such it has varied enormously throughout the decades, reflecting cultural biases and ideas of beauty that often had nothing at all to do with a woman’s health. While it remains a viable and useful goal to lose weight when a person is genuinely impaired by being overweight, their quality of life eroded, it is often merely an idea that a woman gets stuck in her head. This head-stance is a lucrative one for a variety of industries, which feed off this idea that women should be at all costs slender. Data even shows that many women are not notably obese until they start the merry-go-round of diets, pills and other regimens. The cost is high for staples, like meal plans, food options and pharmaceuticals. The cost can be even higher given that some options are literally dangerous. It’s also important to note that certain medical conditions and factors can make weight loss near impossible to achieve. Some infants may have been pre-conditioned in the womb. Others may have insulin resistance or lipid factors. Sometimes it’s best to work with and love the body one has.
- Besides the need to devote oneself to very specific and often time-consuming regimens, weight control can be expensive.
- The weight-loss industry is vast and expensive. For the those wanting to make use of pre-planned dining options the cost can be particularly exorbitant.
- Diet pills can range from the benign and only slightly useful to the very dangerous ones that can interfere with your heart health.
“Read on to learn why achieving your weight loss goal can be so difficult — and whether it’s a good idea to keep trying.”