Welcome to America, Land of the Obese

by LeeAnn Chisolm

Yes, you read that right.

A new study released by the Global Burden of Disease published in Lancet lists the ten countries with the highest rate of obesity. America weighs in at number 1. According to the study, 78 million Americans are obese or 33% of the population.
— www.truthrevolt.org

While the rate may be so familiar to you that it’s no longer alarming, I’d like to tell you my theory on the matter. We all know that obesity isn’t the problem. It’s the symptom. It’s the symptom of our systemic obsession with comfort. We crave convenience, entertainment and sometimes we’ll even splurge on luxury.

Comfort - a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. Being comfortable sounds a lot like idleness and complacency. Don’t get me wrong, comfort is not the enemy. It is my belief, however, that we shouldn’t be so quick to resign to a mode of thinking that inhibits internal and external growth.

I could give you tips and tricks to ward off obesity but the truth of the matter is, obesity starts with a mindset. If we can change our minds, maybe then we can change our bodies.

We can’t grow where we are comfortable. Taking care of ourselves shouldn’t be easy. It should be work. It should be an evolution unto ourselves. It should be an ACT of love and healing. Every act of healing is growth. It’s stepping outside of our comfort zones and choosing to actively work at being our best selves. Being comfortable isn’t bad, but it’s just the starting point to so much more.


So tell me, is being comfortable really all that?