Jul 11 2011

We Are Getting Fatter! Graehm Gray

Hello my fans and yes, we are getting fatter. A report released this past Thursday, July 7th, 2011

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future*, reveals that the obesity rates across America are increasing. That’s right, there are more obese individuals in 16 states than in 2010. And there was no state in the United States, that reported a decline in obesity rates. Yes, we are all getting fatting-well most of us!

Here are the percentage of obese adults in all 50 states-see it for yourself**: 

State

%

 

State

%

Mississippi

34.4

 

Maine

26.5

Alabama

32.3

 

Washington

26.4

West Virginia

32.2

 

Florida

26.1

Tennessee

31.9

 

Alaska

25.9

Louisiana

31.6

 

Virginia

25.9

Kentucky

31.5

 

Idaho

25.7

Oklahoma

31.4

 

New Hampshire

25.6

South Carolina

30.9

 

New Mexico

25.6

Arkansas

30.6

 

Arizona

25.4

Michigan

30.5

 

Oregon

25.4

Missouri

30.3

 

Wyoming

25.4

Texas

30.1

 

Minnesota

25.3

Ohio

29.6

 

Nevada

25.0

North Carolina

29.4

 

California

24.8

Indiana

29.1

 

New York

24.7

Kansas

29.0

 

Rhode Island

24.3

Georgia

28.7

 

New Jersey

24.1

South Dakota

28.7

 

Montana

23.8

Pennsylvania

28.5

 

Vermont

23.5

Iowa

28.1

 

Utah

23.4

Delaware

28.0

 

Hawaii

23.1

North Dakota

28.0

 

Massachusetts

22.3

Illinois

27.7

 

Connecticut

21.8

Nebraska

27.6

 

District of Columbia

21.7

Wisconsin

27.4

 

Colorado

19.8

Maryland

27.1

     

 Okay, look at the state that you live in and compare it to the other states. My friends, we have a big problem. It seems that all of the interventions, all of the diets and diet books, all of the infomercials, all of the diet aids, all of the exercise programs and exercise equipment are not yet making a considerable dent in the epidemic.

What can we do? Well, my first suggestion continues to be education of our youth in nutrition and exercise. You have heard me say this before- well here I go again-bring back the Home Economics courses and retool them for the current generation. Let’s teach our kids about eating healthy, about cooking and about getting exercise. We have to start at a young age and continue this education pathway until these kids reach adult hood. What else can be done? Oh no-are you thinking “fat” penalties?  Well my friends, we are certainly heading in that direction if we are unable to discipline ourselves.  Paying an extra tax for those extra pounds you are carrying! Are you all ready for the supermarket to tell you what items you can buy and what items are off limits? Are you ready for the restaurant to  pleasantly decline to serve you all of the items that you would like? Are you ready for your doctor to report your waist size, weight and BMI to a government registry?

Yes, this could be a doom and gloom scenario. Can we all cut down on the excess calories we are consuming voluntarily? I am not sure! Many studies are pointing to the excess in calories consumed more than the types of calories as the true cause of weight gain. We all know that some people eat too many carbs and switching them to a lower carbohydrate and higher fat/protein regimen will help them lose weight. We also know that some people will lose weight on a lower fat diet or a rice diet or even a cabbage diet. You can lose weight on all of them.

So what will it take? What will it take to make the general public think about the cutting down? Medical warnings about the risks of carrying extra weight don’t seem to be helping. And we are getting mixed messages from the medical community-some reports actually show no increase in mortality statistics with obesity; while other reports describe an increase in heart disease, arthritis and diabetes with extra weight. So what is someone to believe? With extra weight , I may get some health issues, but I will live as long as my thin neighbor!

My friends, we need to empower our children with nutrition and physical fitness education. Start early and they will grow up with the information and knowledge to make healthy choices. As for us adults, we either help ourselves, help the helpless, or we will face more and more penalties and restrictions on our freedoms. Maybe that’s the way our founding fathers wanted us to interpret the freedoms they inscribed. Freedoms at a cost!

Stay fit and healthy, The Nerdel Way.

Links:

1. *Jeff Levi, Ph.D., executive director, Trust for America’s Health; David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; Samantha Heller, M.S., R.D., dietitian, nutritionist, exercise physiologist, Fairfield, Conn.; July 7, 2011, Trust for America’s Health report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future

2. **Supplement to F as in Fat: http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2011/FasinFat2011LegislativeSupplement.pdf

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