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New Study Shows One Third Of Americans Now Obese

I wish I had better news on this front but I don’t. Arguably one of the greatest risks to the early onset of degenerative diseases like type II diabetes and heart disease, we’re seeing both adult and childhood obesity rates continue to climb.

It’s something that’s pretty obvious to the casual observer “people watching” in an airport, shopping mall, etc.

If you want to test the validity of these studies that say one in three Americans are now obese, sit down in a crowded public place sometime and just see for yourself.

While it would be hard to find someone who doesn’t think this is a big problem for our society, I really don’t know if most people have a sense for how significant it is.

There’s a much deeper issue here with how we’re living, what we’re eating, and what’s going on with our food sources. You can’t take such a myopic and narrow view to think our obesity epidemic is solely to blame on fast food restaurants, video games, etc.

No way!

There’s got to me more going on than that. Junk food and fast food has been around for years and it’s not like everyone exercised in the “good old days.” Give me a break!

These arguments won’t hold water.

Look I’m all about bringing physical education classes and recess back into our schools along with changing up the lunch menu for our kids. We need big time change and it has to start with the basics….eat better and get physically active.

Here’s the details on the study before I continue with my commentary:

One in every three adults and one in every six children in the United States is obese, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These statistics, based on data from the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination, show little change compared to 12 years ago, although there have been increases in certain demographics, researchers said.

“There was an increase in males overall, especially adult males,” Dr. Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist and branch chief at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, told Ogden led the study along with Dr. Katherine Flegal, senior research scientist, and other colleagues at the CDC in Hyattsville, Md.

According to the survey, the average body mass index (BMI) for men and women in the U.S. is 28.7. A BMI of 25 or greater is considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese.

The prevalence of people classified as overweight or obese is 68.8 percent of the population overall – 73.9 percent of men are overweight or obese, while 63.7 percent of women are. The prevalence of obesity in children is approximately 17 percent. Read more of the article.

I’d be ignoring the obvious if I didn’t see how lifestyle habits play a role here. We live in a virtual society today and with all the benefits technology has brought us, it pretty much sucks from a health standpoint.

You see a lot of kids just staying locked up in their rooms anymore and NEVER going outside. They’ve got this virtual world with video games, the internet, smart phones, and the list goes on.

This is something I think we’re all pretty much aware of, but remember these kids are turning into young adults.

You think they’re suddenly going to pass out of this phase and transition to eating healthy, working out, and staying active when they hit their twenties and thirties?

We’re not talking about silly little habits kids have, these are lifestyle ingrained habits that are going to run deep and long. Thing is Mom and Dad sadly enough are often doing the SAME thing so the examples are being set and programmed.

Like I said earlier, this is much more complex issue than people eating crap and being lazy though. I think we need to take a good hard look at why there’s a continued increase in our obesity rates.

Is it really because there’s not enough education and people don’t know how to control their weight? Some people will try and sell you on this idea, but really?

Sure, more can be done and I’m always in favor of education. But then again maybe all this talk about more government initiated nutrition education, tax on junk foods, bans on salt use, etc, which I guess is for the “public’s best interest,” could really be distracting us from the bigger picture.

I’m not suggesting some conspiracy theory type notions, but who’s really talking about genetically modified crops for example and what the heck’s going on with our food sources?

This is a mere whisper if you hear the talk at all!

Something aint right…that’s all I’m saying. The continued increase in the rates of obesity are NOT solely to blame on people failing to eat the recommended 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and exercising.

Really? You’re going to tell me most people ate that many servings of fruits and vegetables say fifty years ago in 1962? Of course I wasn’t around then but I’m guessing not.

Yes…we need to eat healthier foods.

Yes…we need to exercise daily.

Yes….we need to manage stress and live a balanced lifesytle.

Yes…we need to get outside more and be active.

But is that it? Is that really why 1-3 Americans are obese?

My gut tells me there’s something more going on….something that has to do with the foods that make their way to the grocery stores.

Another subject for another day. That’s it for now.

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston fitness trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts. With a staff of over 10 certified fitness professionals, Shaping Concepts provides personal fitness programs with a specialty on weight loss and body transformation. You can receive a FREE, no-obligations (2) session personal training trial and consultation to experience the difference for yourself.

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