Here in the United States, we’re fat.
No real sense sugar coating it, is there? Overweight, heavy, plump, big boned? Those words just don’t quite frame the issue correctly.
We, as a country, are fat.
Kind of stings, eh?
And those are just the projections for the number of people that will be obese in the next 18 years. How many people will be deemed overweight at that point? 30%? 40%? 50%? Whatever the number ends up being, the moral of the story is that overweight and obese people will outnumber ‘average weight’ people 3 or 4 to 1.
Now to be clear, I’ve got nothing against people who are overweight. It’s just not healthy to carry around those extra pounds. It’s tough on the joints and our body systems can’t handle it. Did you know that 6 of the top 7 causes of death in the United States are due to illnesses or conditions either directly or indirectly attributed to being overweight? And we just keep getting heavier.
For some reason, people in our country are not overly concerned with those projections. They will see the statistics, raise their eyebrows, and go back to their extra value meal.
Some people do want to get healthier, but they only want a quick fix So, we spend money looking for the next best diet drug from the pharmaceutical companies that will allow us to eat whatever crap we want and still loose weight. Some may buy exercise equipment that ends up collecting more dust and cobwebs than drops of sweat. Or we buy the newest exercise DVD that promises to change your life in a few minutes a day three times a week.
These gimmicks usually last for a week or two, if that.
Maybe, we should buy a mirror instead.
Why a mirror? Because the guy looking back at you is the key.
You control what goes in your mouth. You control how active your lifestyle is.
Ultimately, YOU decide how healthy you are.
The time to make the decision for better health is now. Don’t wait for next year. Or next month. Or next week. Or tomorrow.
It is time. Now.
We can’t afford to wait any longer. Literally or metaphorically.
Our unhealthy habits are killing us, and it’s up to each of us to make some changes. Don’t wait any longer.
What change can you make today that will help you live a healthier life? What is holding you back from making that change?
- ‘The Weight of the Nation’: New HBO documentary tackles nationwide obesity (thegrio.com)
- Editorial: It’s time for plump Americans to pay up (denverpost.com)