5 of the most common obesity myths, debunked


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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