5 of the most common obesity myths, debunked

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It's no secret that obesity is one of the most critical health issues we face on a daily basis. If you or someone you know is considered obese, then you're probably fully aware of the criticism often given by those who don't quite understand it. The stigma is certainly there and the perception of it as a whole isn't exactly positive.

So, while there is obvious confusion surrounding this topic -- we thought it would be a good idea to do a deeper dive into the issue. We're debunking 5 of the most common obesity myths you seriously need to know, so take a listen.

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1. Obesity is caused by genes

The number of people who are obese has actually doubled too quickly for genetic factors to be the cause.

2. The problem isn't eating, but that we are too sedentary.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was no significant decrease in physical activity levels as obesity rates climbed over the years.

3. If you're obese, you lack self-control.

The truth is, research shows that if we are overwhelmed with too much information, we have a tendency to surrender to poor dietary choices.

4. Lack of access to fresh fruits and veggies is responsible for obesity.

Eating healthy can actually be more affordable by eliminating cheaper low-nutrient foods and buying higher-quality foods that may be slightly more expensive instead.

5. Obesity can be conquered through better education about diet and nutrition.

Even with more information, extra-large portions and several other factors often undermine our ability to limit our food intake.

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5 of the most common obesity myths, debunked

1. Steer clear of coffee
First, if you're stressed, your body will react. Stress produces cortisol which hurts your body's ability to digest food, and if your fix to stress is coffee, we've got some bad news. Coffee can produce cortisol too, which means DOUBLE the hormone, and therefore, double the amount of body fat your body will store. Instead of coffee, try Detox teas.

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2. Sit down to eat
Don't eat all your meals on the go. Although it's great for time management, it's not great for your digestive system. So take a second to sit down and eat. This will help you digest your food.

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3. Drink lots of water
You have to hydrate! And this doesn't mean two glasses of water a day. Without water, your body will slow it's digestion down, and in turn store more fat around your belly. So make sure you're drinking around eight glasses of water each day.

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4. Eat nuts in moderation
There is a proper way to eat nuts, because they're so high in fat -- and that's in moderation. Also, if you soak them in warm water overnight it will help to neutralize the phytic acid, which can cause irritation to your digestive tract.

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5. Choose the right fat
And speaking of fat, some fats are your friend! Foods that are high in omega-3's help boost your metabolism and give you energy. They keep you fuller for longer, so you won't be reaching for those naughty snacks when that 4 p.m. slump hits.

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