As many of you know the United States has an obesity epidemic. Actually it is a global epidemic. How did it happen and what can be done about it, if anything?
Just to give you a few statistics, about 1 in every 3 adults in the U.S. is obese. And 1/3 more Americans are overweight.
The medical costs for this problem is $150 billion a year. Obesity and being overweight contributes to Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancers. One child in every six is overweight. What are they going to be like when they are grown.
How did it happen? Well I think it’s apparent. Fast food restaurants, take-out, more junk and processed foods line the shelves at our favorite grocery stores. All of that contributes to the problem.
The commercials on TV that are food related make the food look so appetizing, you’re ready to jump off the couch and go get some.
I recently saw a billboard that said, “Be aware of what you put in your body, you have to live there”. I really thought that was very powerful and truthful.
If we could all think of that whenever we started to put junk food in our system, how much better off we would be.
The classic American diet consists of extra large portions of fried foods and large servings of fast food and sugary drinks from your local drive-thru.
Then there’s the pizza, chips, tacos. Not including the sweet desserts like ice cream, apple pie, brownies. I could go on and on.
Then we spend 20 billion dollars a year on weight loss, ranging from diet pills, books, diet programs like Weight Watchers to expensive surgeries..
Most of our schools serve high carb and high fat foods because they are cheaper and have a longer shelf life than fresh fruits and vegetables. Plus the kids won’t eat the food that are better for them. They’re used to the junk food they have been fed since they were little.
Also the vending machines are filled with junk foods and processed foods. Sodas and fruit juices that are available are loaded with sugar and calories. And the kids are so conditioned to that type of eating it’s going to be very hard to change their taste buds.
What to do
There are many avenues to take if you want to lose weight. The internet has a wealth of information on the many different approaches to weight loss. This website is mostly about fasting, juice fasting, intermittent fasting to help you get started.
I know that juice fasting was very beneficial for me. I knew what I was going to have in the course of a day, I wasn’t hungry and I stuck to it to lose the weight.
I planned around my schedule when I knew there weren’t any food-related functions I had to attend, so it went very smoothly. So plan ahead and get started. You will be so proud of yourself when you start seeing the pounds fall off.
Another reason the population in the U.S. is overweight is because we are too sedentary. Remote controls, elevators, computers, trains, buses, and cars are so much a part of our life, what would we do without them. Start walking!
If you are overweight and want to change things, you can. Start with baby steps. If you haven’t exercised in a while, start with a 15 minute walk.
Do that for a week and then keep increasing the walk by 5 minutes a week. Before you know it you will be able to walk an hour. Which is what is recommended. If you can get build up to an hour a day, then you might want to try walking poles.
They could increase your calorie burn by 50%, how much healthy you would feel and be. And walking with walking poles is so good for you and much more fun so, Let’s get started.
So if you and your family are overweight or obese, do something about it. It doesn’t take much. Getting started is the hard part, but you will feel so much better and your family will thanks you for getting them on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
I would love to hear your comments about obesity in this country. Please comment or ask a question below and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you, Deanna