Physical Fitness 2011—Shocking Statistics Prove That Nothing Has Changed

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I was an instructor in health and fitness during the height of the exercise revolution in the United States, but I did NOT observe significant changes in health and fitness statistics over my twenty years of experience.

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Oh Beautiful For Spacious Lies

Americans and other people of the developed world seem to be lying to themselves, more than twenty years after the dawn of the modern fitness movement. In the United States, even after a massive outpouring of knowledge about health and physical activity became widely available, and after an avalanche of products and services to help Americans remain physically active and healthy deluged commercial markets, still the majority of Americans are fat.

American adults are fat, and American children are fat. The American culture is fat, as are similar cultures such as the British and Canadian cultures, to say the least.

According to the U. S. Department Of Health And Human Services, Office Of The Surgeon General, 2011 ... http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/healthy-fit-nation/obesityvision_factsheet.html ... :

  • Two out of three American adults and one out of three American children are overweight or fat.
  • Seven out of ten American Indian/Alaskan Native adults are overweight or fat.
  • In the United States, between 1980 and 2008 (a span of twenty-eight years), the number of FAT adults more than doubled, and the number of FAT children or FAT adolescents more than tripled.
  • Fat teenagers are over 70% more likely to become fat adults.

These numbers mirror a disturbing statement that appears in the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention 2010 report, ... Overweight And Obesity: U.S. Obesity Trends...:

“During the past 20 years [1990-2010], there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high.”

ADULT OBESITY TODAY. ... Per Cent Obese Adults In USA In 2010. ...  Map by Centers For Disease Control And Prevention
ADULT OBESITY TODAY. ... Per Cent Obese Adults In USA In 2010. ... Map by Centers For Disease Control And Prevention | Source
INCREASING RATE OF OBESITY AMONG CHILDREN. ... Figure 13. Obesity among children, by age: United States, 1988–1994 through 2007–2008, CDC/NCHS, Health United States, 2010, National Health Interview Survey.
INCREASING RATE OF OBESITY AMONG CHILDREN. ... Figure 13. Obesity among children, by age: United States, 1988–1994 through 2007–2008, CDC/NCHS, Health United States, 2010, National Health Interview Survey. | Source

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Center For Disease Control And Prevention power point, map presentation of the evolution of obesity in USA from 1985-2010

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The Physical UN-Fitness Revolution

One of the main reasons that so many people of the developed world remain fat is a lack of sufficient physical activity to maintain their bodies.

This picture represented physical activity trends in 1992, but the same picture could easily represent physical activity trends in 2011 !

Chart from 1992 CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Survey
Chart from 1992 CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Survey | Source

Same Old Story

These statistics look virtually unchanged from the time when I was a fitness instructor during the 1980’s through the 1990’s. I thought this epoch was the dawn of a new age, where people really got it. I was wrong. Many people still do NOT “get it”, even after all these years and after all the published and televised and internet-exposed fitness information spanning the globe in epochal quantities.

The vital connection between physical-activity information and physical-activity practice remains tragically missing. The only thing that has changed is the size of the fat population from which a skyrocketing physical fitness industry can make more money. The evolution of physical fitness, therefore, has NOT been what some people might think it has been.

Human Physical Fitness Evolution

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