The Obesity Epidemic
America is in a health care crisis. America has an Obesity Epidemic.
2/3 of Americans are overweight and 1/3 are obese. If you do the math, that equates to 78.6 million Americans who are obese and 157.2 million who are overweight. Wowzahs! I don’t know about you, but that means this country needs a serious focus on weight loss and an overhaul in healthy living.
Reference: CDC Statistics
Why Are So Many Obese?
The increase in obesity is a result of overeating, living a sedentary lifestyle, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, an increase fast food and sugar consumption and eating processed foods that contain GMO’s, pesticides and additives.
Obesity Causes Disease
Obesity is considered one of the most leading causes of disease. Major obesity related conditions include diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Being overweight, increases risk for type 2 diabetes which makes the body insulin resistant. According to the World Health Organization, 90% of people with diabetes are type II. Further, obesity puts individuals at risk for heart disease. 1 in 4 deaths every year are a result of heart disease. People who are overweight are at a greater risk for having a heart attack before the age of 45. According to the American Heart Association, being overweight also increases chances of developing cancer by 50%.
The Obesity Epidemic Is Costly
Treating the rising epidemic of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease are driving health care costs higher than ever. According to the CDC, 7 out of 10 deaths are attributed to these diseases. The devastating part is that these diseases are preventable with good nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.
The Obesity Epidemic Is Impacting Future Generations
Today there are more overweight children than ever before. The rate of obesity in children has more than doubled than just a generation ago. Another alarming fact is that the next generation of children are not predicted to outlive their parents. Sad, right?
In the U.K., the British Nutritional Foundation interviewed 27,000 children and asked them where specific foods came from. Many thought cheese came from plants, fish sticks came from chickens or pigs, potatoes grew on bushes and tomatoes grew underground. Do we have a problem? I think so!
The fact is many children are addicted to sugar, high carb processed foods which is no different than being addicted to drugs. Why are they addicted? Because they’re cheap, convenient and have vibrant packaging. Do you think kids feel the need to change if they watch their parents eat the same way? Who buys the food? Who prepares the meals? Who sets the example of nutrition for them?
Yes, organic and fresh foods may cost a little more money upfront and take more time to prepare. However, in the long term the toxicity of highly processed convenience foods are the cause of the diseases that are killing so many. The sad thing is the answer to change all that is so close within our reach.
If you’re hard earned money is your ballot, how will you cast it? Will you choose to vote by investing in your health now or pay for it later in life in the form of disease?
Reference: BBC Study
What Can You Do?
Americans are hungry for change and you can be part of the solution by bringing awareness of The Obesity Epidemic to others.
If you need to lose weight, stop putting it off because what you do now will catch up with you later. Living a life of healthy is the most LIBERATING way to live. You will not regret it. Open your heart to it! Find a health coach to help you get started and to keep you accountable (I would love to work with you!).
If you’re an influencer, be a role model. Stop telling people to eat whatever they want to and putting down weight loss. The statistics speak for themselves and they speak volumes. This is an epidemic and you have the power to change it! Be the voice of reason. Speak out. Show others how exciting and magnificent living healthy can be and how simple lifestyle changes can lead to weight loss as a bonus. Be a leader! Lead by example. Your actions speak louder than words. BE THE CHANGE America needs.
How will you be the change?
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