For much of the time I was obese I dealt with depression. Almost losing the battle with myself has urged me to want to reach out to those like me. Just researching depression can be helpful. You have to start helping yourself somewhere.
Resourceful web sites for Depression:
I have experienced that when a person is overweight or obese (or merely different in anyway) they are often treated as second class citizens. And many times victims of a society that ostracizes them. More than half of the US is considered overweight.
links to interesting sites about obesity:
Often people ask how much weight is overweight and how much should I weigh at my age and height? Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women.
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
Overweight = 25-29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
Here’s a link to a great BMI calculator
If you have a daily caloric requirement that you want to meet, or you need to monitor your caloric intake, calorie counting may be the right step for you.
Here’s a site that has the caloric intake of just about anything you can imagine.
A new food pyramid has been instituted within the past five years, take a look and see if any of the changes can help you to promote a healthier lifestyle. It’s changed substantially since I learned about it in school. http://www.mypyramid.gov/index.html
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