” In the 1970s, one out of two American adults was overweight or obese. Today, it’s two out of three. And the obese have gone from one out of seven to one out of three Americans between the ages of 20 and 74.
Excess weight increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and osteoarthritis.
And youngsters aren’t immune. The percentage of overweight children and adolescents has tripled over the past 40 years. Public health experts worry that extra pounds may make today’s children the first generation of Americans to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.“
– Article from Nutrition Action Health letter (Jan/Feb 2011)
You may or may not know someone who is obese, however your children and your grandchildren are at high risk for obesity as the obesity epidemic continues on the rise.
Even if you are not overweight it does not mean that you are healthy, nor does it mean that you practice healthy eating habits. Take a moment to evaluate the similarities between your lifestyle and the average American’s lifestyle.
How often do you eat at restaurants? How much fast food do you eat per week? How often to you make microwave meals? How often do you cook? How often do you exercise?
Start making changes today. Be a leader. Set examples for others in your community. They need your help!