Archive for May 8th, 2008

True or false: A recent National Institutes of Health study estimated the annual medical spending due to obesity (BMI >25) in the United States to be as much as $92.6 billion in 2002 dollars – or roughly 9.1 percent of total U.S. health care expenditures.

Scary isn’t it?

So what are we doing about obesity? Not everyone can afford to hire a full-time diet coach like the Los Angeles Police Department is providing to its officers who are on the rotund side of the obesity equation. You can read that story, as reported by the Associated Press, by clicking this link.

The solution is really quite simple. Increased activity and eating smaller amounts of processed foods will result in a fitter America. The problem facing kids and adults alike is finding time to eat in a healthy way and the ability to turn off the computer and the TV long enough for 30 minutes of some form of physical activity each day. That’s the start of it…the foundation.

We all make excuses. When our kids are chubby, we tell them they’ll grow out of it. When a diet fails we tell ourselves stress at work or at home is too much to handle right now. Blah blah blah.

The thing is, no one can make us be healthy or active. That’s up to each of us as individuals. I have first-hand experience in this department. Twenty years ago I was nearing 225 pounds and my waist was 38 inches around. Now, at 43 I’m 35 pounds lighter and enjoy regular physical activity. I’m not a freak with it, but I’ve made it part of my life.

If I can do it, any one can do it. Are you an American or an American’t? C’mon! Find a way to stuff your face with the RIGHT kind of foods and use the body to get from point A to point B a few times a week.

By the way, the answer to the true/false question above is TRUE! Wouldn’t it be nice to pocket a little of that $92 billion every year instead of giving it to doctors and nutritionists who are going to tell you to eat less and exercise more?



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