Americans are fatter than ever, CDC finds as originally seen on CNN
My fellow Americans, this is getting ridiculous.
How can 1/3 of us be “obese?” That doesn’t even include the “overweight” population. I would wager another 1/3 are “overweight” (myself included until about a month ago.) That’s roughly 2/3 of us that are just too big for our own good.
I will say that I do have a problem with the way the study in the article was conducted– they used BMI to calculate each individual’s weight category. (Click here to learn why BMI isn’t what you think it is.) But I’m assuming they didn’t have 100,000 people come into a clinic and it was probably a phone survey, so that would be the more convenient, if not accurate, measurement. But back to the story….
Dear America, this is your “come to Jesus” talk. I feel like I’m watching the decline of Rome all over again. We’re getting literally fat and lazy… watching the world go by. Watching other countries out pace us in finance, education, tech. Are we on top of anything anymore? And I dare add a slippery slope that one day we will watch our “empire” crumble down, all because we individually gave up on ourselves.
I’m running 3 times a week these days (training for a half marathon) usually through my family-oriented residential neighborhood, and do you know how many kids I see outside playing ? One or two… that’s it. And adults are NEVER playing with them. At most they’re sitting on the porch watching. What ever happened to playing through the evenings, walking with friends and family in the neighborhood? Are we all scared our neighbors might hurt our families or ourselves? I mean, I don’t really know my neighbors that well, but they seem like nice people. I doubt they’re serial killers, but I honestly don’t even know their names. What happened to block parties?
America, why do we spend our leisure time sedentary? Why are you browsing the internet and reading this right now? Why is the new hot thing to do having Netflix marathons? For the love of God, WHY?!
Speaking of God, He didn’t make us to be lumps on a log. If He did, he would have designed us like trees. No, He gave use moving parts… so we could MOVE.
So why aren’t you moving? The number one excuse I hear is, “I don’t have time.”
And really the minimum is just 30 minutes so just 2% out of your day. Just no. NEXT!
“I’m too tired!” Exercising boosts energy. Spend some to make more. Or maybe do your exercise at the beginning of your day instead of the end. Boom. NEXT!
“It costs too much.” Adding healthful YEARS to your life costs too much? That’s a funny one. But really, if you can’t afford a gym membership or the activity you like is expensive (I’m truly a tennis player, but a 1 income household can’t afford a club membership…) try out a different activity. That’s why I picked up running several years ago. All I need is my legs… and Jesus already paid for those. Having lived in several cities, I’ve seen that several have parks and rec departments that have exercises classes on the cheap. You might check your city website for info on that. The library sometimes has good info on cheap local classes too. And these days YouTube is teeming with workout videos. I have a coworker that does her yoga practice from YouTube videos. I taught myself how to belly dance years ago on YouTube. (No, I don’t give demos. Good try though.)
“I’ll do ok for a week or two, but then I quit.” You need someone to keep your accountable. Taking a buddy with you who will work out with you is ideal, but if that doesn’t work for you (like it doesn’t for me), set yourself a goal and tell everyone you know about it. That way whenever someone sees you, they’ll ask about how you’re doing on that goal. Kind of hard to avoid. On that goal topic, write that goal down and put that page in several prominent places in your life. (Click here for more help in setting fitness goals.)
Those are the top excuses I hear. What’s yours? Let me bust that one too!
Of course diet plays an even larger role in weight loss/maintenance than exercise does. If you don’t put the calories in in the first place, then you don’t have to worry about expending them exercising. This is a bigger hurdle for me. I live with a foodie, so good food is just part of the life. BUT I think keeping yourself maintained requires a slightly different view of food: food as fuel. You don’t over fill your gas tank when your emotions take over. You don’t put just anything in your gas tank, only the stuff that will make your car run. And you probably don’t buy your gas at the same store EVERY time either. Your body too needs a certain chemical balance in the food you eat to run properly. Discover yours at choosemyplate.gov or consider consulting your local dietician (not a “nutrionist”).
America, it’s time to get real and get back on track.