What are your thoughts? Want to Discuss?
At first, I agreed that men are less concerned or in denial about being overweight than women. IMHO, when women gain five pounds, they are more self-conscious about it & will address it right away - or just feel badly about themselves. Seems that I hear/read more about women having eating disorders, than I do men.
On the other hand, while in a strip mall one day, I observed dozens of men going into Gold's Gym - all body builder-type looking men - huge muscles & washboard abs. (Sorry girls, couldn't help noticing
). Noticed a few women, but mostly men. I knew one gal (early 50's) that spent at least 3 hours a day at the gym every day. She was so obsessed with her looks & age, she whited-out her date of birth on her driver's license & put in a younger year.
So, what do you think?
Guess Who Is Fat and Won't Admit It?
The answer: Men. Fully 25 percent of men are in denial about their weight problem, reports Reuters of a new survey conducted by Cancer Research UK. The overall number of overweight and obese people in the United Kingdom is similar to the United States with some 65 percent of men tipping the scales too high for their good health. But even so, a quarter of them refuse to admit they need to lose weight.
While it's easy to smile at the thought of men refusing to admit they're fat, what's not amusing is that 65 percent of those polled had no clue that being overweight is a risk factor for cancer. "In men who don't smoke, obesity is one of the biggest known causes of preventable cancer," Lesley Walker of Cancer Research UK told Reuters. Obesity is also linked to a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, strokes and certain cancers. Amazingly, a whopping 75 percent of those polled in this British survey had no idea of the benefits of exercise.
It's important to note that men are not the only ones who are overweight. "Women are overweight too, but our research shows that more of them know they have a problem and that's the first step in putting it right," Jane Wardle of Cancer Research UK told Reuters.
How do we get fat?
In most cases it's pretty simple and preventable. We eat too much unhealthy food and we don't exercise.