Obesity is one of the clear menaces in the United States after it is cited as accountable from between 100,000 to 400,000 deaths annually. The threat is real enough. Try searching for "weight loss forums" in Google and you get more than 39 million results, and we all know the culprit and still we continue to do the same things and eat the same fatty foods that are bad for our health.
How do you know when you are obese anyway? The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines obesity "as a body mass index of 30 or greater," which is calculated by inputting the height and weight of the person. At this point, it's safe to assume that the U.S. has the biggest problem on obesity than anywhere else in the world.
Data from the CDC showed that only the states of Colorado and the District of Columbia have relative good figures in 2009 in terms of obesity prevalence.
Apart from being a health concern, obesity also creates insecurity and low self-esteem which may explain the reason why not many people with a weight problem come forward and face their situation head on. It's a good thing there are countless weight loss forums out there that guarantee anonymity for those who are too embarrassed to identify themselves.
What can you find in these weight loss forums anyway? Apart from the usual diet tips and slimming products, you can also find the latest news and innovations on losing weight, the most effective diets, goal setting schedules and even inspirational quotes for weight reduction and dieting.
The good thing about these weight loss forums is you are talking to average people who are facing the same problems as you do, and not some self-proclaimed expert who is probably reciting what he or she learned in books or some nutrition school. We're not talking about the process of losing fat or the diet plans, which you can find in millions of websites anyway, but there's no replacement for the empathy offered by someone who have gone through the same experiences as you.
By registering in these weight loss forums, those struggling with their own weight can shed all guilt and inhibitions because they will be talking to people who are more likely to pass one advice and help rather than judgment and scorn. The success of these forums can be gleaned by the number of members who already shed off the pounds but couldn't shake off the friendships formed along the way.