I think the answer to that question is a resounding YES. And guess what? I am beyond ecstatic that I did. Maybe this little blog of mine in the middle of the internet sea will help get a wave of movement going in terms of education and talking about this problem that stares us in the face everyday.
We can no longer stick our heads in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist. We can no longer tip-toe around this issue and act as if everything is going to be ok because it is only going to get worse if we don’t do something about it today, and I hope you will join me in this movement.
Yesterday at lunch while I chewed on my spinach salad with vegetables and no dressing the people around me ordered their meals. Some ordered salads but did not ask for dressing on the side and the salads were covered in dressing. Some ordered meals fit for a king and if that weren’t enough they ordered a side pizza and a side spaghetti and clams. Good thing the spaghetti was whole wheat right? If that wasn’t enough the straw that broke the camel’s back that lead me to believe that this epidemic is only going to get worse was this:
You get an iPad free with the car so that you can schedule maintenance and they will come pick it up from your house for you.
Are you kidding me? We are getting so lazy that we cannot even drive our cars to the garage to get the service that is required. Really? Has it really gotten this bad? And where was I as it was getting this bad? Was I in this training haze and did not notice that the conveniences that were so clamored for have actually turned us into a country full of stay puft marshmallow men?
I for one am at my tipping point. I am frustrated by the lack of education. I am frustrated by the lack of care and concern. I am frustrated by the poor choices being made all around me. Now, I cannot yell at everybody they are making unwise choices every time I see it but I CAN and I have sent my post along with a letter to two organizations (one being the twitter account of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.) I plan on doing this 5 days a week until this gets the national attention it deserves.
You see this is not an individual problem but a problem across the entire country. Here are some stats from the CDC:
- About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese. [Read article]
- No state has met the nation’s Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15%. The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30% or more has increased to 12 states in 2010. In 2009, nine states had obesity rates of 30% or more. [See maps ] In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30% or more. [Read article]
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death. [Read guidelines]
- In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs paid by third-party payors for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. [Read summary]
Obesity rates among all children in the United States
(Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey)
- Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
- Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
- There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents. In 2007—2008, Hispanic boys, aged 2 to 19 years,were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boys, and non-Hispanic black girls were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.
|2010 State Obesity Rates|
|District of Columbia||22.2||Massachusetts||23.0||North Dakota||27.2||Washington||25.5|