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The Threat of Obesity in America

The threat of Obesity in America

We have all heard about the threat of obesity across America. It’s being thrown around in the media so often it’s become white noise. I want to talk to you about the real implications of the rise of obesity in our country and whether or not America is ready to tackle the problem head-on.

Did you know that obesity has tripled in prevalence over the past three decades?

Overweight vs. Obese

I want you to understand the distinction between being overweight and being obese. Being overweight indicates an excess of body weight in comparison to one’s height where being obese would indicate a surplus of fat caused by a continued excessive consumption of food. Unfortunately, there are many reasons that someone overeats to the point of becoming obese including boredom, depression, stress, anxiety or being raised in a household where this is simply the norm. This results in health issues including hypertension, cancer, diabetes, and depression, it is an epidemic that needs an immediate intervention.

American’s insistence on instantaneous gratification in all facets of their lives has led to the fast food revolution and an increasing dependence on foods filled with high amounts of sodium, sugar and high fructose corn syrup. But, neither fast food chains nor companies who make their money peddling sugary snacks are going anywhere. And, this cycle of family obesity will continue unless you put a stop to it yourself in your own lives.

Is America Finally Waking Up?

There is a silver lining, though. In a recent diet survey study run by the Dong D. Wang of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, coauthors found that from 1999 through 2012, healthier quality of diet cumulatively prevented 1.1 million premature deaths. Americans are taking a stand and insisting on having healthy options on menus, regardless of where they choose to dine. By the end of 2016, the Federal Government has mandated that menus have the nutritional content listed next to food items which allows people to make more educated decisions about what they choose to ingest.

Education is the Key

And, that, right there, is the crux of the problem: nutritional education. Most people just don’t know how to choose a healthy option from an unhealthy one. Take a smoothie, for example. It’s fruit and yogurt – what’s bad about that? The extra sugar content in the mixes many companies use in their smoothies turn something that sounds healthy into a sugar-spiking, insulin-releasing beverage. It’s important for Americans to learn to distinguish between what sounds healthy and what is truly healthy. Luckily, more schools are incorporating health and nutrition into their physical education programs so that we can battle the problem as early as possible and rewire what our kids think of as “good” food.

Reach out. We Can Help.

You don’t need to be a part of the statistic. Break the cycle. We want to guide you on your path to health and wellness plan to keep you learning, improving, growing, and reaching your goals. Reach out today to find out how.

References:

http://agris.fao.org/agris-search/search.do?recordID=US8043791
http://search.proquest.com/openview/14fc03f99ed6bf1ad661419fe33cc53f/1?pq-origsite=gscholar
http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2015/11/02/health-affairs-november-issue-food-and-health/

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for this reminder. I’m so thankful to have spent the time doing Nutritional Consultation with you (Rami Odeh). While I knew the basics of nutrition, I didn’t realize that by learning about the latest nutritional research, I could make educated decisions about my weight, muscle tone and overall health. And I will be better prepared to live to a happy, healthy and strong old age!