OBESITY AND DIET CHAT ROOM - Missouri PEER SUPPORT
Health & Help Chat has researched all weight loss options from gastric bypass surgery to lap band surgery and bariatric surgery. That, plus the overwhelming number of diet options out there prompted us to dedicate this part of the web site to obesity and diet. The philosophy of Health & Help Chat is that there is power in numbers. Along with the proper medical attention, we believe that a peer support community is the greatest weapon against illness that there are. We would like to connect you with a friendly support system by offering you this Obesity and Diet Chat Room, obesity and diet forums, and an obesity and diet social network.
Perhaps you are one of the more than 30% of Americans who are considered obese. Perhaps you do not even know what it means to be obese; you only know that your doctor tells you that you need to lose weight to avoid possible diabetes, heart attack, stroke, or any other weight-related illnesses. "Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater."1 However, if you are in the obese category, you are probably not thinking about BMI, but why it is that you feel compelled to overeat. Perhaps you are thinking how painful it is to try on clothes, how weight has attacked your self-esteem, or how you are embarrassed to go to the beach on a hot day.
Although the media would like to say that America is the only place that has obesity, that assumption could not be more wrong. Yes, America does report the highest prevalence of obesity, with more than 30% of the population fitting the category, but Mexico has more than 24%, the United Kingdom measures in at 23%, and Australia at 21%. Although Korea and Japan have small statistics, just over 3% of their populations, they are still on the map as having an obesity population.2 Obesity and the possible health effects of it are not an American problem, but a global problem that will only be solved when the world population can get together, support one another, and allow each other to know that no one is alone.
Although there are different ways to become obese, overeating is the most common. The question behind that is why you are overeating. If you do not have the answer to that, you may suffer from compulsive overeating, and may also make use of Health & Help Chat's eating disorders web page. However, please do not shy away from this page as it can offer you the support, kindness and friendship from others who know what it is like to face the same daily struggles that you do.
If you are one of the millions around the globe who deal with obesity each day, or even if you wish to share your diet and exercise tips with others since you have been obese, or you are working to live a healthier life, this obesity and diet web page is the right place for you. This support community hopes that you utilize the Obesity and Diet Chat Room, obesity and diet forums, and obesity and diet social network to connect with a society of your peers. We welcome you and encourage you to meet, greet, share and support with others.