About the Episode
Liz has a story that many young women can relate to. While many use birth control shots with very few side effects, injecting hormones can come with a host of negative consequences. For young women looking to prevent unplanned pregnancies, it is important to be informed of all the side effects, not to be afraid to ask questions and to observe how your body reacts to these shots.
For Liz however, birth control caused her to gain weight reaching 268 lbs at 17 years old. It is undeniable that issues about body image, identity and confidence tend to be at its peak during the impressionable age of adolescence and this took a toll on her mental and emotional state. This brave young lady shares how she found comfort in posting on social media – gaining gratification from all the attention and likes. But what people didn’t know was that under the surface, she was struggling. “I didn’t know who she was anymore, I was so lost.”
At 18 years old, Liz provides helpful information on weight loss and the journey towards making a change in your lifestyle. Diets and fitness programs can be overwhelming, Liz chose to take it step by step and decided to make small changes part of her lifestyle.
Her success story is one that will resonate with many teenagers who are struggling with their weight and the mental, emotional and physical challenges that come with it. In the U.S., 7.5 million boys and 6.1 million girls between the ages of 5 to 19 were obese in 2016 according to research from the World Health Organization and Imperial College London.
Obesity is one of the biggest health issues of the 21st century. With numbers growing rapidly by the minute, affecting both developed and developing nations around the world, one needs to ask “what must be done to stop this?” According to WHO, in 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 MILLION were obese. 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016. We have yet to see what these statistics will be in the future. With the current trend of sedentary lifestyles together with an increased intake of energy and fat dense foods, as well as emotional and mental health issues that encourage negative coping behaviour such as binge eating, it is estimated that 9 out of 10 adults will be overweight or obese by 2050.
In our documentary “Solution to Obesity in the World of the 21st Century” we feature real stories from real people who have gradually won their battle against obesity. We look forward to sharing with you what these brave people have gone through physically, emotionally and mentally in order to achieve their weight management goals. The truth is, there is more to the story than the number on the weighing scale. There’s a great amount of lessons to be learned and an even greater amount of inspiration to be gained from these amazing people. We hope that this document series will help you in your journey to fitness, health and happiness.