The Shocking Truth About Obesity

One in every three Americans are obese, and that equates to 72 million people in the U.S. alone. Children are right behind adults with astonishing numbers – one in three kids are overweight or obese, a 60% increase in the past 20 years, and that isn’t the worst of it – these numbers are expected to increase to much higher percentages in the next 20 years. This is a serious epidemic and obesity is becoming known as the plague of the 21st century.

What is going on with obesity? It has just – in the past few years – been labeled an epidemic.

Obesity Truth

What is shocking is that even though people are dying from this deadly threat, fast food sales are up, as well as soda, milk and cheese, sugar items, meat and the portions just keep getting bigger and bigger. In the year 2000 fast food sales hit 107 billion, in 2010 – nearly 165 billion. These numbers nearly double if the entire world is taken into count. We are talking about just the U.S. alone.

Just to add injury to insult – candy bars are increasing in size, as well as sugary sweets, and even movie popcorn, and portions sizes at restaurants and diners. The super size trend is catching on… all in an effort to cash in on the American desire for more, more, more.

The medical costs are rising as well – to the tune of $147 billion dollars in the US alone in 2009, and expected to hit $344 billion per year within the next 10 years. These numbers are not only outrageous they are dangerous.

Medical industry experts say that not only does obesity create more medical costs in the U.S., but individually as well. People who are obese are spending triple in medical expenses than an average weight person. And, the risks related to this epidemic are higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and many types of cancer. Yes, the risks are high, but so are the psychological effects. People who are overweight are less likely to find love, land a job and are ridiculed and shunned which is causing a whole other host of emotional problems, on top of the medical problems.

What can we do, you ask? If you are obese or most likely know someone who is, here are some solutions that can get you on the right track right away:

Boycott Fast Food

Fast Food

Most people are aware of the dangers of fast food on health, weight and the environment. Anyone who isn’t should pick up a copy of Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, or The Fast Food Craze, by Tina Volpe – and learn a thing or two about this industry, its advertising tactics to lure you, and its contribution to the obesity epidemic.

Skip The Soda

Soda pop is one of the biggest culprits of the obesity crisis. It is estimated that Americans get about 9 to 13 percent of their daily calories from soda. A single can a day can add a pound a month of weight. For each drink that is consumed, the risk of obesity increases by 1.6 times. Most American kids drink soda every day and one health study said that each soda that a child drinks, adds an increase to their BMI (body mass index) by .24 kg, and puts them at greater risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, along with tooth decay.

The average American drinks an astonishing 50 gallons of sugary drinks per year and the soda companies are raking in the cash.

Cut The Meat Consumption

Eating meat is linked to obesity, due to the high content of fat contained in each burger, steak, chicken breast and ground turkey. Meat eaters have three times the obesity problems than do vegetarians, and nine times the obesity rate of vegans (strict vegetarians.)

The average difference between vegetarians and meat eaters is about 10 to 20 pounds.

Oprah Winfrey went vegan for 21 days as a cleanse – and loved the experience. Cutting out meat from your diet will not only help you lose the unwanted fat, it also helps fight some pretty debilitating diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.

So there is a start to getting on the right track. Of course, at least 30 minutes a day of strenuous exercise will speed up the process, and it’s good for your emotional health as well as your heart and weight, and nothing can be more important than your health. Without it – life becomes a struggle instead of a joyful experience.

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I am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog HowToReduceObesity covers articles on various obesity, Weight loss, Fitness, Diet topics. If you like This post, you can follow howtoreduceobesity on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google PlusI am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog Healthadvice4life covers articles on various Health and wellness topics. If you like This post, you can follow healthadvice4life on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google Plus

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