Apparently, we need another wake up call.
A recent headline on the front page of the USA Today revealed one of the newest projections from the CDC about our growing weight problem.
Currently, 36% of Americans are obese.
By 2030, that figure could rise as high as 50%.
Take a moment to let that sink in.
1 in 2.
Can you wrap your brain around those numbers? Because I’m really having a hard time doing so.
Who Will Be Affected By Our Ever-Increasing Girth?
In a word, everyone.
Think about it. If half of the people in our country are obese in the next 20 years, every family will be forced to deal with the issues that obesity may bring about.
Well, for starters, the cost.
As a country, we currently spend between $147 and $210 billion dollars on treatments for obesity related illness and disease.
That’s billion. With a B.
And those costs will continue to rise. If the number of obese Americans rises in accordance with these estimates. The estimated costs will increase by $48-66 billion annually.
If we are concerned about the cost of health insurance now, just wait until half of the population is considered to be obese.
What Should We Do Now?
We can’t afford to wait any longer, literally or figuratively.
Everyone needs to take an active role in improving the health of our nation’s citizens.
For those that are struggling with their weight, a level of action is certainly required. Whether it is increasing the amount of physical activity you are regularly doing, watching what you are eating a little more closely, a combination of the two, or turning to a personal trainer or other health professional for guidance, you must take action.
Because the problem won’t solve itself.
But at the same time, non-obese individuals need to be supportive. Too many people who don’t struggle with their weight think that those that do are obese for one reason only–they can’t stop putting unhealthy food in their mouths.
Rarely, if ever, is this the case.
There are many reasons and causes that people end up being obese. Some are physical, some are psychological, and many are a complex combination of the two.
Since the reason for the excess weight is rarely simple, the solution for losing it rarely is either. Therefore, a little encouragement and acceptance would go a long way towards helping people make the changes that are needed in order to live healthier lives.
No one is suggesting that solving the obesity crises is going to be easy. It won’t be. But it’s a process that has to be started immediately. The longer we wait, the longer it will take.
And the more difficult it will be.
With the proper effort and support, from every possible angle, we can change the trajectory we are on. It will be difficult for many, and painful for some, but the payoff will be worth it.
Both financially and in terms of quality of life.
Let’s get started today.
What do you think about the new projections from the CDC? Were you as shocked as I was? Any thoughts on what would be the best way to help combat our obesity epidemic? I would love to hear your views!