The rate at which we are growing is worrisome, and I’m not talking about the population. Obesity is simply too much body fat. Since 1980, obesity has increased significantly among adult men and women in the United States.1 That’s the bad news and with it brings more illness, preventable chronic diseases, rising healthcare costs, and reduced quality of life.
Some key facts:
- Thirty-five percent of adult men and 40 percent of adult women in the U.S. are obese. 1
- Obesity in adolescents has increased steadily since 1988. 1
- Fourteen percent of high-school students were obese in 2015.2
- Eighty percent of American adults do not meet exercise recommendations.3
- Being obese makes one more susceptible to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes.4
There is some good news. Within the last year, obesity rates fell in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio.5 Now that’s a move in the right direction.
The best news of all is that obesity is preventable, 6 but only if we’re willing to make a difference by choosing a healthier lifestyle. Making that choice means 1) limiting added sugars and processed foods; 2) increasing fruits and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts; and 3) exercising regularly.
A supportive environment and community are also necessary in shaping those choices. The more accessible, available and affordable the support is, the better.
One day at a time. One apple at a time. One workout at a time.
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t easy; it’s a long-term process. I believe we have to start with our children by teaching them about nutrition and how to read labels. Adults need to be cognizant of balancing the calories they consume with the energy they expend. The rule of thumb: burn more calories than you consume! Adding regular exercise can offset this.
Other things we can do:
- We can get adequate sleep. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, “…people who get less than six hours of sleep per night are 2 percent more likely to become obese than those getting seven to nine hours.”7 They think a lack of sleep might affect appetite-related hormones.
- Look up nutritional foods, track your calories and find healthy recipes at ChooseMyPlate.
- Up your activity. This is a great site to determine how much physical activity you need.
- Eat smaller meals more frequently, preferably five to six meals daily.
- Drink water. Sometimes when we think we’re hungry, we’re really just thirsty.
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