I'm ashamed, America! No more excuses!

Jul 07

I just read the most disturbing article.

According to an annual report entitled, “F as in Fat,” from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, only one state in the U.S. has an obesity rate of less than 20%: Colorado (19.8%). So one in every five is obese…and it’s our THINNEST STATE!  On the other hand, more than one-third of Mississippi’s population is obese!  Read on:

“Today, the state with the lowest adult obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health.

Four years ago, only one U.S. state had an adult obesity rate above 30 percent, according to the report, which defines adult obesity as a having a body mass index — a weight-to-height ratio — of 30 or more.

Didn’t anybody read the memo?!  What’s it going to take? Our bodies were designed to move!

Despite the many initiatives taken on in recent years to fight obesity, including Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and Shaq’s Big Challenge, it’s clear our country is still going in the wrong direction.

As a trainer, this alarming trend sends shivers down my spine.  With large corporations targeting our kids with the latest sugary and overly processed crap-called-food, an entire generation is being misled. These food and beverage companies say consumers have the right to choose what they eat and should balance their caloric intake with activity, but I’m sorry to say, no amount of exercise can overtake a bad diet. If everyone knew the truth about the ‘food’ industry, they’d be wary, too…just because the FDA approves a product, doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat! (Seriously...)

And it’s no wonder people don’t want to work out: serving sizes are enormous!  During a recent trip to an Olive Garden, I couldn’t believe the size of my neighbor’s creamy pasta plate as it came out of the kitchen! Not one vegetable in sight: I’d feel sluggish, too! Forget the evening stroll, I’d just want to pass out in front of the TV! Empty calories are just that.

Want more energy?  Move your body every single day. Stop making up excuses. Energy doesn’t come from a pill, a supplement or an overly-caffeinated sugary drink. It’s all natural, and earned every day in the form of tough workouts.

Stupid diets and cleanses do not promote permanent weight loss. By consistently being nice to your body (feeding it real food, working it hard and allowing it those 8 hours of sleep), you’ll feel the best you’ve ever felt.  Trust me.

Know someone who’s climbing the obesity ladder? Be a friend, not an enabler.

 

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