Posted by: endithinks | June 13, 2008

On the problem with weight

Here in the United States we have a growing (pardon the pun) problem with weight and obesity that is starting to take its toll on the overall health and fitness of the nation.

In 2005 the direct medical costs for the treatment of Diabetes (a disease long linked to unhealthy eating habits and obesity) has doubled in the previous ten years.  The United States is seeing a growing rate of obesity in its children as well.

The causes of these changes are of course, legion.  The combination of high fat, high calorie foods and a more sedentary lifestyle that includes on average four and a half hours in front of the TV, two to three hours in front of a computer screen and on average an hour or two playing video games, has branded the modern day American Teen overweight and packing on the girth at a rate that would alarm any health specialist.

We are also seeing a shift in American spending habits that show a disregard of the appropriate and pr oven method of weight control through prevention, healthy eating and exercise, with overwhelming purchases of diet pills and diet products.  In fact in 2008 Americans spend more on quick fix diet products than they did other medical products.

The facts speak for themselves that a nation of overweight people is a nation one more mocha latte away from losing our fathers and mothers and one more slice of pepperoni pizza away from losing our future.  It is a serious problem that won’t go away until we start standing up to the food advertisements, get ourselves more actual activities that are physical and start making responsible choices for our dependents.  There is no reason for any of us to buy those sugar filled cereals and soda that has enormous amounts of sugar and calories for out children.  We are in control of the coin purse; we should act like the adults we are.

To see a country take perhaps an extreme motion on the problems of weight I give you Japan.  The article is about a controversial new government program and you can read about it here.

Let me know what you think.

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