1. “We expect that obesity will be responsible for an increasing share of deaths in the United States,” said Ryan Masters, the lead study author and researcher with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
2. “Obesity and extreme obesity can reduce life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive people of as many as 19 years of healthy living,” the study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concludes.
3. “The average American could see his life expectancy reduced by five years due to obesity. Individuals who are obese have a 50 to 100-percent higher risk of premature death from all causes. This is due to the fact that excess body weight increases your risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and even some types of cancer” according to National Institute on Aging and scientists from the International Longevity Center
The above references are only three examples of hundreds of studies I’ve found and read on the dangers of Obesity. I wasn’t able to find:
discussing the EMOTIONAL and PHYSICAL BENEFITS of obesity or the the studies discussing the LIFE ENHANCING BENEFITS achieved by living a lifestyle that causes obesity. So many obese people claim to be happy and simply want the rest of society to be less discriminating. Although I believe anyone can experience happiness, I have been unable to find:
showing people chose to go back to a lifestyle promoting obesity because the healthier option providing greater opportunities to do more in life was less fulfilling.
Society does need to be less judgemental and more supportive. People are more responsive to healthy changes when they are shown decency, courtesy and respect; when an ear is offered to listen rather than a mouth offering ridicule.
Obesity LIKE ALL DISEASES, is not caused by one thing! This means the answer cannot be found in one solution.
The answer starts with HONESTY TO ONESELF and a willingness to accept help from qualified people and organizations capable of guiding those needing assistance.
The answer starts with creating better environments for our CHILDREN to LEARN, PRACTICE and SHARE healthy lifestyle choices.
The answer starts with our educational system accepting greater responsibility by incorporating healthy lifestyle practices into their core curriculum and reinforcing these patterns of living EVERY DAY.
The answer starts with doctors accepting greater responsibility in identifying high risk children and directing these families to outreach programs to help them PREVENT obesity in the first place.
There is no one answer. The four choices above provide starting points. Ignoring this epidemic will only increase the pain and emotional suffering as well as devastate our health care system financially.
We have to stop looking around expecting someone else to START THE PROCESS.
In the comment area, please place an idea YOU ARE WILLING TO BRING TO THE TABLE AND DO YOURSELF. It could be as simple as a change in personal behavior or a change in behavior involving your children. It can be as complex as starting a community center for social and recreational development. The more participation and sharing of REAL IDEAS, the faster we grow solutions to this problem. Please participate if you care and share this message with as many people as possible to help get them involved as well.
THE START of change must begin somewhere!
Why not right here!