A new report released on June 29th, 2011 called F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future, (from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) says that adult obesity has increased in 28 U.S. states in the last year and only decreased in 1!
Jeffrey Levi, PhD (executive director of Trust for America’s Health) was quoted in the press release, “Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced, and troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income.”
WOW! One of the biggest public health challenges we have EVER faced? Spending the last 4 years getting in shape myself and the last year studying, researching and helping people lose weight, this does not surprise me one bit. In fact, I believe until major changes are made in the “food” we are making available to the masses or until people get educated, it will continue to get worse.
You see the problem is actually simple, we have an abundance of cheap “food”. Cheap “food” that not only makes us fat, but also lacks significant nutrients, fiber and about any value besides calories. It also alters our natural chemical feedback systems and puts our bodies in a cycle of becoming more and more fat. Once our bodies get into this mode, it takes a conscious effort to reset the body into a normal state through proper nutrition and exercise. I touched on this a little in my blog post, why exercise won’t make you skinny.
Some of the things we put in our “food” could be considered chronically toxic. Eating these things once in a while does not necessarily cause your body harm, but over time, eating these thing day in and day out could cause some serious health problems and I think that is what we are seeing today.
As depressing as all this is, there is some good news. The good news is that this is reversible! All these health problems could go away with the proper nutrition education. They could go away in short order too! The problem is we cannot afford to wait for the government to force the issue on the “food” makers and we cannot expect the “food” makers to volunteer to make the change (they are making boat loads of money, why would they). The way I see it, we all have to make the change for ourselves and our families. If the consumers change their habits, the businesses will have to change theirs.
It all comes down to education. Where do you get it? Who has the time to do all that research?
My nutrition education used to come from a cereal box or commercials on TV. I found out the hard way that this was not the best source of nutrition education. This is exactly why I do what I do. This is what this site is for, to spread the word, to help people learn to make simple changes in their nutrition and so overtime they will feel better, look better, be more healthy and live a life they love. So please help! Together we can make this change happen, pass this to someone you care about and let’s put this crisis behind us!