Overweight or Obese?

For the first time in history, today’s children will live shorter lives than their parents.”

I had heard this before, but this time the source is the New England Journal of Medicine. The reason? Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.


OK – let’s get this out of the way right now. I am not medically qualified, have no basis at all for any of the statements I make except personal experience and research, and nothing I say should be interpreted as medical advice. Furthermore, before you start any exercise program at all you need to get clearance from your doctor and if he doesn’t like it you might try another doctor.

Who is Obese?

Of course, not everybody is obese. In Colorado, for instance, which is the leanest state in the US, only 19.8% of people are obese (that’s still almost one in five!) There are now over 3 billion obese people in the world, and the number is increasing daily. This is a worldwide epidemic: it is not confined to North America, as some believe.

How is Obesity Defined?

Obesity is defined as having a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30. Between 25 and 30 is considered overweight. If your BMI is over 25 it’s a warning sign: you are overweight and heading for obesity unless you take control of it.

BMI is used to assess body fat. It is only approximate, though: it overestimates body fat for individuals who are very muscular, and underestimates it for people who have lost muscle mass.

What is BMI?

To calculate your BMI, you can use the following formulae:

Metric: take your weight in kg and divide by the square of your height in meters.

U.S.: take your weight in pounds times 703 and divide by the square of your height in inches.


Maria is 5’2” tall (1.57 meters) and weighs 140 lbs (63.5 kg). Her BMI is 26 (Slightly Overweight).  If Maria has lost muscle mass, she may be more overweight than it appears from the BMI.

Alberto is 6′ tall (1.83 meters) and weighs 190 lbs (86kilos). His BMI is 26 (Slightly Overweight).  If Alberto is very muscular, he may not be overweight.

Joe is a 5’9” 240 lb man. He has a BMI of 703×240/(69)² = 35 (Obese).

Alice weighs 110 lbs and is 5’4”. Her BMI is 703×110/(64)² = 19 (Low end of Normal).  Alice may be a little too skinny – she could benefit from adding muscle mass.

Why Is Obesity a Problem?

If you are obese, you have a high probability of progressing rapidly to pre-diabetes followed by full-blown Type 2 diabetes: this is a preventable disease. The outlook for diabetics is not good, as most diabetics know. If you are pre-diabetic, obese, or even just overweight, you should take action sooner, rather than later, to reverse this situation.

For those of us who are not obese or even overweight, we are paying for all those who are. The health care costs due to obesity are staggering: next year, the cost of health care caused by obesity will surpass the costs caused by tobacco. We simply can’t afford it!

It’s Not Your Fault!

We have all heard how to cure it: diet and exercise. The problem is that diet and exercise does not work: 98% of people who attempt to control their weight through diet and exercise fail. With a failure rate that high, it’s clear that the recommended plans are not working.


Chris Reid

Last week I attended a webinar in which all this was explained in detail by Chris Reid. Along with Joel Therien and others, Chris Reid and I are part of a campaign to stamp out obesity and Type 2 (or acquired) diabetes. We want to save lives and improve the quality of life for those who would otherwise head down this path.

We learned 3 rules:

1. Muscle is Magic

2. Fiber is your Friend

3. Protein is Power.

It Doesn’t Need to be Hard

The good news is that it doesn’t need to be hard: there is no need for hours of exercise

Joel Therien

or strict dieting. Those protocols do not work. With the program that Joel and Chris have developed, you can lose weight, gain muscle, build strength or meet whatever your fitness goal is in just seven minutes per day, three times per week.

That is the exercise part. For the nutrition part, you don’t need a strict diet: just make small, healthy changes to your current eating pattern and gradually replace bad habits with good ones. Continue to enjoy your favorite foods, but cut back on the doughnuts and soft drinks!

The best part of all is that anyone following this program will see results very quickly and enjoy the experience. My wife has always hated exercise: now she looks forward to her 7 minute workouts, as do I. We are so confident that you will find the benefit that this summer we are offering a 10-day trial for one dollar with a money back guarantee!

Try Before You Buy

Try the 7 minute workout now: if after ten days you are not convinced, we’ll give you back your dollar!

(Maybe you don’t need to lose weight, or to get fit. In that case, I’m sure you know someone who does: please pass this information on to them It could save their life.)

32 thoughts on “Overweight or Obese?

  1. Linda Thomas

    Hi Alan,
    This is a great post. I recently learned that right here in this city where I live there are a bunch of people that are so obese that they do not go outside their homes, and many are bedridden. It just seems like someone should have noticed what was happening to these people before they got so huge and done something about it. Maybe it is something in their body that is craving food and maybe they just cannot stop eating.
    Often it is what they are putting in our food these days that is bad for us–like high fructose corn syrup, for instance. I think they use it in foods because it is a cheap ingredient. I would gladly pay more not to have to have it. The same is true with all of the artificial sweeteners and especially aspartame. They even put aspartame in my favorite chewing gum. Bummer.
    Well, it sounds like you have a remedy to help get people on track to a healthier lifestyle. This is definitely needed, and a rewarding cause.
    Thank you for the post.
    All the best, Linda
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    1. Alan

      Hi Linda,
      That is so sad! Years ago, I found I was becoming fat due just to not taking care of myself. I became seriously overweight before I recognized it was killing me, so decided to do something about it.
      The first thing I did was join a gym. I hated the weight regimen, so decided aerobics would be fun, and I’d rather watch cute girls jumping up and down than ugly men sweating 😉 I soon found, though, those cute girls were a lot fitter than I was.
      I finally started running, and it saved my life. After a few years, though, I realized that I was getting weaker and needed to get some non-cardio exercise. It took a while, but now I’ve found it!
      Thanks so much for the comment. The word that needs to get out, I believe, is that it’s not their fault they are overweight or obese – nobody ever told them how to reverse it. We have been raised on so many myths: “no pai, no gain” for example is a total lie!
      HFC and aspartame, as you say, are two of the killers: Joel Therien suffered brain lesions from aspartame poisoning when he was training as a natural bodybuilder. Nobody warns us that drinking diet soft drinks can kill us or that high fructose corn syrup is as deadly as it is.
      Sorry – your comment got me on a rant! Thanks again

  2. Dr. Bob Clarke

    Hi Alan,

    Your article is timely, for sure. There have never been so many obese people — and young people — than there is today. Your first quote is very sobering indeed.

    I like the tips you provide. They all make perfect sense. The only thing I would disagree with is that diet and exercise don’t work. They work if you’re willing and determined to lose weight. The trouble is most people haven’t reached the point where they’ll make big sacrifices to lose those pounds.

    A couple of years ago, I weighed in at 225 lbs and I am only 5’11”. I was obese, felt terrible and my self esteem was in the toilet. I made the decision that I would lose weight.

    I started by eating less. Than I changed my diet, added fiber like you said, cut my fat intake way down, and ate less during each meal but ate more often.

    I also started exercising– nothing ridiculous, just 30 minutes a day walking at a brisk pace.

    After 7 months, I was down to 165 lbs! Talk about a life transformation.

    Now I will add that it helped tremendously to have my wife go through this with me. We pushed each other when weakness surfaced. So this definitely is something I would recommend.

    Thanks for the great wake up call, Alan. I’m so worried about our young people I hope they hear your message as well.

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    1. Alan

      A great story, Dr. Bob – congratulations! Like you, I have done it the hard way (I also quit smoking cold turkey). The danger is that it’s easy to slip back, especially if you’re doing something you don’t enjoy. That is the reason so many people get into yo-yo dieting.
      Exercise works, but too often people hate doing it, so they drop it. What I do is show them a method that is enjoyable: I found it in running, and you found it in walking. Doesn’t it feel great to shed those pounds?
      Many people, though, don’t find they can keep up that sort of program. I have tried for years to get my wife to run or even walk, but she’ll do it for a few days and then quit because she doesn’t enjoy it. In our program, people work out for only 7 minutes three times per week and they get results very quickly, so they find they enjoy it.
      Maybe they don’t lose weight rapidly, but that’s OK: they feel better and they progress slowly but surely. Studies also show that with a buddy, the success rate is four times what it is without – you are so fortunate to have your wife participating with you. My wife is also enjoying exercise now for the first time, and we work out together.
      I’m so pleased that you have found something that works well for you both. Please pass on my message to people who are not so fortunate: we are both in the business of saving lives.
      Thanks again, Dr. Bob!

  3. Theuns

    Hi Alan

    I love you post.

    It is really bad to see how people just don’t care about
    there Health , I one see a program on TV about Obese
    people and it was shocking to see what happen to them.

    It do not take a lot to be healthy and still people dont care.

    Great post
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    1. Alan Jenkin

      I agree, Theuns, but we are among the 2% who have found a way to enjoy being fit and healthy. The remaining 98% have not found this, and those are the people who need our help. It’s especially critical for the children: the current estimate is that 1/3 of today’s children will become diabetic, and that proportion is expected to increase to 50% in 10 years’ time.
      This is a catastrophe. You and I can help by recognizing the problem and finding ways to help those who need the help. Obesity is a disease, like alcoholism, and the victims need support and help, not criticism.
      Sorry – I didn’t mean to get on a soapbox, but you can tell I feel strongly about this.
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  4. Bryan McHeyzer

    Hi Alan,
    “For the first time in history, today’s children will live shorter lives than their parents.”
    I read this not so long ago …. with the advancement of our knowledge it is a pity we do not look after ourselves better.
    It would be easy to blame fast food etc for the reason … the blame must fall on us as parents who do not educate our children about nitrition.
    With the increase of knowledge also come the differient opinions on how to control our weight.
    This is a topic that need to be exposed to many people…well done.
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    1. Alan Jenkin

      You make an excellent point about parents, Bryan. I was fortunate to have four very active kids (I’m not sure that we appreciated it at the time, though!) Both their mother and I were active during their young years, so that probably got them into the way of enjoying exercise.
      Later, I became a couch potato and definitely found myself becoming overweight. I finally decided to do something about it and got back into being fit. My kids were a great encouragement to me: what goes around comes around!
      Thanks for the comment.
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  5. Marquita Herald

    Wow Alan, Is it my imagination or does your blog keep changing? This is a really interesting article, thanks for the inspiration. I admit I’m having to work extra hard to make myself get out and exercise since I started working online. I spend so much time writing that before I know it the day is gone … so far what’s helped is exercising first thing in the morning so I don’t have to worry about finding the right time later in the day. Thanks for the valuable information.
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  6. Alan Jenkin

    I try to keep it interesting, Marquita! I know exactly what you mean about finding the time: time is our biggest challenge when it comes to exercise. My wife and I have both found that to be true, but we can both find 7 minutes three times a week for this program!
    I have another blog with notes about our experience with the program. If you’re interested, it’s at http://www.7minutes2fitness.com/blog.php
    Thanks for the comment, Marquita.
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  7. Joyce Edwards

    Hey Alan,
    Great post about obesity. The main problem with obesity is the way our society has developed since the 70’s. No one get taught the importance of cooking. Everybody just goes through the drivethru. And we were mislead about eating low fat foods. When the low fat craze started they just put in sugar! This is the real reason that we have an obesity epidemic. Sugar not fat is the enemy.
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  8. Alan

    Thanks, Joyce.

    Yes – you’re right about the sugar. It comes in so many forms, too: somebody else commented earlier about high fructose corn syrup, which is one of the most common.

    And then we have the sugar substitutes: once you have developed a taste for sugar and decide to cut back on it, you can switch to a poison like aspartame!

    This is a huge subject: I’m sure you could make it the target of several blog posts.

    Thanks again for the comment.


    1. Alan

      Hi Alexander,

      It’s not really a diet: just making small changes in the choices you make. You still get to eat the foods you really like and enjoy, but rebalance the protein, fats and carbohydrates by making small changes. For me that mostly means increasing my protein intake and reducing my fats and carbs. The other big thing is fiber: adding a fiber supplement reduces food cravings so that you tend to eat less overall.
      I must confess that, since I am not too concerned personally with my weight I have not followed through on these changes. My wife, though, is adding fiber and a protein supplement to her food. Since she’s only just started it’s too early to tell what the effect is.
      The main benefit we have both found so far lies in replacing lost muscle mass and building strength. If you’re interested to follow this, you can read my posts at http://7minutes2fitness.com/blog.php
      Thanks for the comments, Alexander!

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  10. Perry A Davis Jr@Network Marketing Nut and Bolts

    Hello Alan

    Alan from a personal experience I know that obesity has a detrimental impact upon health. Before losing weight I experienced high blood pressure and borderline Type 2 diabetes both of which are the beginning of more serious health problems. My weight loss was not due to a diet but a change in eating habit, reduce the amount of processed to eating more vegetables, and low Glycemic Index number foods. I applaud you and Chris for being part of a campaign stamp out obesity and Type 2 (or acquired) diabetes. The 7 minute workout now should remove the time excuse for not being in shape.


    Perry A Davis Jr
    Music City
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    1. Alan

      Congratulations on overcoming your problems, Perry! I was an overweight (bordering on obesity) couch potato a couple of decades ago, so I know where you’re coming from. Like you, I changed eating habits (not the same as dieting.) I found, though, that exercise was also necessary – clicking the TV remote was not enough!
      The one thing nobody mentions much about fitness is that you feel so much better. Instead of being tired all the time, I now have more energy and a more positive outlook. These benefits have been amplified for me by the 7 minute workout – I would encourage anyone to give it a try while the $1 trial offer is still on!
      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment.
      (BTW, my wife is in Music City – coming back tonight after a week there.)

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    1. Alan

      That’s a really good question, but it’s a bit like asking how much does a car cost? For a blog, it depends who does it and how fancy you need it to be.

      Here is a link that can give you an idea – http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2006/06/how-much-does-a-professional-blog-design-cost/

      Or you can build it yourself using WordPress, like I did. If you choose to host it with me at http://alanjenkin.gogvo.com/ where you will find plenty of free advice on how to set up your blog and use it.

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  13. JayH1

    Hi Alan

    I work with a nutritionist and exercise physiologist, who has worked with more than 10,000 pre diabetic and diabetes patients in his practice. He works with his patients to permanently change thier eating routines and he finds a cv exercise routine that works for each patient and then gets them to do it regularly, while encouraging them to lead a more active lifestyle. His success rate in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes in patients who came to him as pre diabetics is very high. His success rate in helping patients with type 2 diabetes to control the disease is also quite high .

    1. Alan

      The scary thing is that it’s a world-wide problem, VaNessa. We can only address it one person at a time, but it needs to be recognized as a disease, like alcoholism. Otherwise it’s too easy to see it as a choice that people make instead of a problem they would rather not have.

      Thanks for the comment.

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