Over the last few months, there have been fiery debates over health care costs and heath care reform. Both sides very passionate in their beliefs about limited government intervention or caring for those who lack services, but there is a bigger issue.
All the health care reform and realignment of services is not going to help the US get healthier save for one area of opportunity that needs to be addressed; obesity. Data from the last four years shows that 2/3 of US adults over the age of 20 are overweight based by the BMI index and over 55% of children under 20 are overweight or obese.
Obesity and excess weight gain will lead to these issues:
* coronary heart disease
* high blood cholesterol
* gallbladder disease
* osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone of joints)
* sleep apnea and other breathing problems
* some forms of cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial, and kidney)
* complications of pregnancy
* menstrual irregularities
* hirsutism (presence of excess body and facial hair)
* stress incontinence (urine leakage caused by weak pelvic floor muscles)
* psychological disorders, such as depression
* increased surgical risk
* increased mortality
Many say we are just too inactive, the plain truth is you cant work out your weight off your body. I am 43 years old and fairly fit. I swim and run four times a week, but if i had continued continued to eat my 3800 average daily calorie intake per day I would be well over 300 pounds right now.
I have lost a total of 55 pounds over the last two years with a 2000 calorie diet and typically very mild exercise. I mainly exercise for the cardio effect and increased energy but you cannot and will not burn fat by exercise alone take this video as an example:
Last night I watched a show called extreme eating which featured restaurants all over the US that served and created french fry sandwiches, fried Twinkies and seven pound burritos. They all averaged 5000-7000 calories per meal, that's almost a grown man's caloric requirements for 3-5 days in one meal.
I encourage to use sites like http://dailyburn.com for free and see what your daily caloric intake is of you and your family and then make a change now. Remember all the health care in the world is not going to make you fit only portioning and behavioral changes will. Please make a change today.
Have a great week!