• Packing On Extra Weight: 5 Surprising Reasons

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    You don’t have to be a C.S.I. agent to spot the usual suspects when it comes to winter weight gain, but if it were that easy to identify every diet and exercise derailer, we’d all still have our beach bodies in January. Yes, your hibernating instincts tell you to move less and eat more when the temperature drops, but turns out the common cold, down comforters, and a hatred for Brussels sprouts could cause the needle to creep on your scale, too.

    Obesity has become a massive issue in the United States. How big of an issue you ask? It’s reported that 1 out of 3 Americans today are obese. That’s a statistic that can’t be ignored much longer.

    In her article, Americans Are Huge: 5 Surprising Reasons Why We May Be Getting Fatter, author Martha Rosenberg notes that the weight of the average American increased by 24 pounds in the four decades between 1960 and 2000, the likes of which she believes is associated with 5 key factors.

    However these factors may be surprising to most considering that none of the factors mention the most commonly discussed cause of weight-gain: calories.

    While calories are definitely a crucial part of the equation, there are a number of other environmental and lifestyle factors that are likely to play a much more significant role, mainly because most people don’t realize they’re affected by them, and therefore …

    Rarely does a complicated problem have a simple answer. And for America’s 36 percent national obesity rate, the answer is sandwiched between nutritional obfuscation from the people who sell food and the bad diet habits of those of us who eat it.

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