As heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death, I have also included the new 2008 map of the U.S from the CDC showing obesity and overweight – any correlations?
Look, even some states are showing more than 30%!
Trends by State 1985–2008
Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is calculated from a person’s weight and height and provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness and weight categories that may lead to health problems. Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adults
I think the stats speak for themselves. I just wanted everyone to see these again and think about them for a second. Yesterday we stopped at Target and I wasn’t feeling the best so I decided to stay and wait in the car while my husband picked up a few things. I noticed, easily, that two out of three people are obese and I look at this as an epidemic and think “What are we doing to our health?”
ASSIGNMENT – Next time you are waiting or sitting down able to oversee the public – just look around – what are your statistics?
How can you (we) help prevent this? Yes, what many people may say is, “Fine I am overweight/obese, no big deal” – but what will happen to their health in just even 10 to 15 years? Will there be diabetes? Will there be a heart attack? Will there be cancer?
Be a good role model for your family and friends. I don’t like to force anything down anyone’s throat because I am a true believer of enjoying all foods in moderation. Maybe bring a healthy dish to the next family event or share a healthy recipe with a co-worker or even ask your family members to join you on your walk.
Make it positive and simple – pay it forward because you care!