America is Obese, What Can We Do?
Our country is in dire need of change in many areas. One big issue for our country is the weight of our citizens. It is not acceptable for us as a country to be this far gone. The only one's to blame are ourselves for not being in control of what we eat. It is the land of opportunity and that's the problem. We have too many options but no one is choosing to live healthy. If you do not already know how severe this issue is, you might be part of the problem.
Over half of the American Population is overweight or obese.
It is very concerning. Are we as a people so numb to the feeling of being overweight that we don't realize we are? Where is our willpower? Why are we not actively changing?
There are millions of ways to lose weight, fitness programs, and supplements. People could simply cut what they eat in half every day. It can literally be that simple. Reminding ourselves to stop eating when we are not full.
The average American who is obese or overweight is spending more on food and medication than on the things that could be bettering themselves mentally and physically. That is not their fault either. Our countries health insurance should be geared towards helping those with preventative care like free gym memberships, free dietary supplements, and free personal training. Sometimes it seems like the government wants us fat and lazy. I refuse to be part of the majority and so should you.
The Cost of Diabetes
- The Cost of Diabetes: American Diabetes Association®
The national cost of diabetes in the U.S. in 2012 was more than $245 billion, up from $174 billion in 2007.
Is this our fate?
If it were me, and it was about saving someone's life, I would actively be reaching out to them daily to make sure they are on track. I know we have free will, but the problem with that is it comes with way too many options. There are far too many options for food these days and too few that are actually beneficial to us. They should change the dietary guidelines across the boards in the US. They should limit how many groceries you can buy per day, per week, and per month based on your macro nutrients. We spend excess amounts of money on food that goes to waste. People are starving in other areas of the world and we are just here getting larger and larger. We have too much excess and that will eventually be our downfall unless we change now.
What We Spend on Fast Food
- How much money do Americans spend on fast food? | Reference.com
As of January 2015, the average American spends about $1,200 a year on fast food. Americans consume fast food twice a week, spending, on average, $12.50 per meal. Seventy percent of Americans consume...
When you are not sure, eat a salad!
Eat what you need, not what you can. Do what you need to do, not what you can do. If we did this more often, the rate of overweight Americans would drop. We just need to hold each other accountable and help each other live a long healthy life. A 10 to 20-pound weight loss can be life or death for some people.
If you know someone who is overweight and you know they have complications because of it, reach out to them. Let them know you are there for them and will help them through starting a process to change for the better. Being healthy is our right as a species. Being strong is our right as a species. Making intelligent choices is our right as a species! We are not thinking, we are on auto-pilot. We are literally 2 or 3 decades away from it looking like the people on the ship from Wall-E everywhere we go.
We need to challenge each other more. One way we can do this is with the use of technology. We have fitness apps, trackers, programs for every device we have. However, we are not using them enough.
If everyone set a goal to reach 10,000 steps a day we may not have as big an issue with obesity. Most people work office jobs and are forced to sit for hours on end. Sitting for just 1 hour is enough to slow your metabolism down. If you do that for 8 hours a day, your metabolism will have a very hard time catching up by the time you can be active, if you even are.
Get an activity tracker and use it. Whether its an app on your phone or a Fitbit or smartwatch, please use it. Track what you do, track what you eat, and try to do more every single day.
Get outside and walk for an hour a day. Do more chores and clean more at home. Play with your kids more. These are all ways to keep weight loss an active part of your life. We are far too complacent and that needs to change. If we can not make a lasting change, it will be our children and children's children who pay the ultimate price.
© 2016 Anthony