Obesity in this country has hit epic proportion, with nearly 60 million adults reportedly overweight or obese. Of even more concern, however, is where the problem originates: the growth of childhood obesity, which has doubled in the last two decades. While some groups of people embrace their large body type and reject societal pressures to lose weight, there is one, simple fact that should at least modify their defense mechanisms: People who are overweight are at significant increased risk for life-threatening diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. In turn, the estimated annual cost of treating these and other health-related problems exceeds a staggering $117 billion every year.
Overactive Fork Syndrome [“OFS”] is a label, which describes a category of people who lack the internal trigger which tells them to stop eating once they are satiated. Those who suffer with OFS eat well-beyond satisfying the physical hunger, often eating to the point of feeling ill. They are not necessarily bulemics, nor obese people who only live on fast food and other junk. Health consciousness is a common personality trait associated with OFS-ers. Their demise, however, is their struggle with moderation and portion control.
As for the causes of eating disorders, it is clearly a multi-facted disease and a multi-billion dollar industry.
There are many theories explaining why we overeat. For the purposes of this website, however, the concern is less about the causes, or even the treatments for obesity, but rather, how we combat them with one, simple modification: Portion control. Since there are so many different approaches to healthier eating, which are addressed by many reputable institutions and organizations, the focus of this website is the simple approach to changing the amount of food we eat in the United States. Americans have dramatically increased their food intake over the last few decades, resulting in a generation of obese children, teenagers and adults. We would like to first raise awareness of Overactive Fork Syndrome, and then educate to help modify the behaviors.