About the Episode
Joel has always been a bigger kid when he was young. But after losing his parents at a young age, Joel began to put on more weight, describing his activities as a deadly combination between eating a bunch of junk food and playing video games.
His story will resonate with many young men out there who struggle with weight, who have developed an unhealthy relationship with food particularly junk food, young men who refuse to discuss their feelings and who have built daily routines around a lifestyle that is sedentary.
Weighing 467 LBS at 19 and consuming food that could feed 4-5 people, Joel recalls his breaking point. “I was tired of throwing my life away. I was pretty much killing myself with food.” Gain insight on what life was like as a young obese man as Joel recalls his biggest challenges and how he started to take small yet effective steps to turn his life around with the right motivation and will power. It is through these small daily goals that we achieve amazing feats.
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.