(NaturalNews) Anyone who has tried to lose weight and who confronts the issue honestly, will have to admit that they actually have the power to succeed. Unfortunately, they are up against some heavy odds.
First, you have the marketing of cheap, calorie-laden foods that are pitched to everyone. Next, you have society's tools and distractions, which keep them sedentary. Last but not least, you have the TV remote.
Despite these, which we ultimately can combat, the high obesity toll, coupled with the health risks and a diminished quality of life. requires a concerted effort to combat the problem.
Recently, the CDC (Centers For Deceit Control and Procrastination) released a report to enlist people to help with that fight. The report is called, "Weight of the Nation".
Bringing the issue close to home, in the past 15 years, Hawaii's rate of obesity more than doubled. By the time a keiki (child) enters kindergarten, one in three could already be classed as overweight or obese. The report, taking the nation as a whole, says that two out of three adults are considered to be at least overweight.
So, the report considers and outlines the problem areas.
Americans have long been sedentary, and it's getting worse. In 1977, only 20.2 percent were walking to school; now it's down to 12.5 percent. Overall, only 19 percent of all Americans get the recommended amount of physical activity.
Food and beverages:
In 1971-74, the average adult consumed 1,996 calories. By 2008, that was up to 2,234. A full 20 percent rise in average weight since 1977 can be pegged to sugar-sweetened beverages.
Roughly 87 percent of foods and beverages advertised to keikis on TV were items high in sugar, fat or sodium.
About 25 percent of a working adult's life is spent at his or her office.
Up to half of a keiki's waking hours are spent in school, where the percentage of high school students attending physical education classes has dropped from 41.6 in 1991, to 33.3 in 2009.
Part of the reason for the drop on PE class attendance is due to the federal program, "No Child Left Behind". That program has caused schools and Hawaii, as well as nationally, that time allotted for PE classes be reduced.
The problem is that the powers-to-be see "education" as specifically for the mind and not as exercise for the body.
Unfortunately, part of the job in reversing these trends lies with personal and parental responsibility. Shouldn't good eating habits and the benefits to health and body through exercise begin in the home?
Then again, is it safe to send your kids out on the street nowadays? Shouldn't steps be taken to provide safe places for walking and playing in communities? Shouldn't better policies be initiated for clearer food labeling and disclosure? Shouldn't it be disclosed on a label that sugar content is high in fruity drinks as well as soda? Shouldn't the dangers of GMOs, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and processed foods be disclosed on the label as well? And above all, shouldn't better choices in foods be made more broadly available instead of a corrupt government bending over forward for the corporations at the cost of the people?
Public education would be a good starting point. Bringing farmer's markets to senior housing facilities would be good as well. But the best would be getting your okole (behind) off the sofa and begin changing those sedentary habits so when you walk down the street people don't yell, "fat, fat, the water rat" or start singing. "I feel the earth move under my feet".
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