7/21/11 - U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Spread
We cannot allow this to be our future..
As I was reading the MSN headline I was shocked and appalled by what I was reading! We, as a society, are literally killing ourselves with food.
Reading the article made me that more determined to inform people on living a healthier lifestyle. Especially when making small, powerful changes in your diet you can yield huge results! We need to make this our mission to come together as a nation and educate ourselves on overall wellness!
Here is an excerpt from this MSN article:
A new report outlining how obesity threatens America’s future reveals that
obesity rates climbed over the past year in 16 states, and not a single state
reported a decline in the proportion of excessively overweight residents.
The report, released Thursday, also found that more than 30
percent of the people in 12 states are obese. Four years ago, only one state
could make that claim.
Twenty years ago, “there wasn’t a single state that had an
obesity rate above 15 percent, and now every state is above that,” said Jeff
Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, which compiled the
“We have seen a dramatic shift over a generation,” he added.
“This isn’t just about how much people weigh, but it has to do with serious
health problems like diabetes and hypertension. These are the things that are
driving health care costs.”
More than one-third of children and adolescents are obese or
overweight, with the highest prevalence in the South. However, the new data
indicate that obesity among children and adolescents may have leveled off,
except among the heaviest boys.
“This generation of kids could have shorter life spans,
because people are getting diabetes and hypertension much earlier,” Levi
The solution is simple, he added: Eat less, exercise more. “We
have reconstructed our lives so that we don’t build in physical activity. We
have neighborhoods and communities that are food deserts, where the only food
you can find is unhealthy fast food,” he said.
Please post your thoughts in the comments below, how are you as an individual going to make this epidemic change for the better?
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