Do you live in an "obesogenic environment"?
Weight problems and obesity result from the combination of many factors, including physical, social and psychological aspects. Here we look at some factors which can be classified as environmental, although they may interact with psychological processes.
The term “obesogenic environment” refers to “an environment that promotes gaining weight and one that is not conducive to weight loss” within the home, community or workplace. In other words, the obesogenic environment refers to an environment that helps, or contributes to, obesity.
Some environmental factors promoting obesity are:
Each of us lives in our own unique environment, so the obstacles and advantages for achieving and maintaining healthy habits are also unique.
Let's do an exercise. Think about something/someone in your life that is "weighing" on you. In what ways does this thing/person promote weight gain and obesity?
Be honest with yourself. If you can't see the problem you won't be able to fix it.
By taking an honest inventory of the environments you live in, you are in a position to make changes that will pay off in better health and wellness. The beautiful thing about this type of self-development work is that it doesn't feel like work, because you are making your life both easier and more productive at the same time.
Stephen Stotland, Ph.D.
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