The Obesity Epidemic
We are living in a crucial time in humanity. Our life expectancy is getting shorter instead of longer. Despite all the medical breakthroughs the kids born today will have a shorter lifespan than 10 years ago. There are some serious issues with our culture today that is having a negative impact on our health, our kids health, and our family’s health. Unfortunately, the climb out of this hole we dug for ourselves is deep.
Obesity Facts from the NIH
- 2 in 3 or 66.6% of Adults are now considered to be overweight or obese.
- Greater than 1 in 3 or 33% of Adults are now considered to be obese.
- On average 5% or 1 in 20 Adults are considered to have a case of extreme obesity.
- 33% or 1 in 3 Children from the ages of 6 – 19 are overweight or obese
- 16% or 1 in 6 Children from the ages of 6 – 19 years of age are obese
In defense to these calculations put on by the NIH there are some people like my husband who are “obese”. I’m sure you’ve read my bio, and can understand that I’d be the last person on earth to have a health issue. Same thing goes for my husband, but his BMI is in the obese category because of how much muscle he has.
Take the gentlemen to your left. He’s got what looks to be a 6 or a 8 pack of chiseled abs. He’s very muscular, and by definition would be very healthy. In the eyes of the Body Mass Index or BMI he is actually obese. His BMI would definitely be 30+, and possibly 40+ which would put this fine guy into the extreme obesity category.
Now that doesn’t go for everyone! I had a good laugh the other day when a client of mine tried apple cider vinegar for the first time, and said she lost a pound, and gained a pound of muscle the week after using it. I asked her, have you actually been taking it? She replied “no it takes like butt hole!”
We need to treat obesity like the epidemic it is, and change around everything about health. There is a ton of weight discrimination going on in this country already, but there doesn’t have to be.