Monday, July 31, 2006

Americans just keep getting larger

This is a scarey thought. That Americans just keep getting larger. Seems that todays "average" sized person was yesterdays "need to lose a few pounds". Why is there such a problem with being fit and healthy?

Do people really not care or not realize that they are going form a few pounds overweight to obese?

It is especially sad when it is affecting our children as well. Health and fitness begin at home. Good healthy fit habits should be started at home so they continue into adulthood.

Time to turn off the tv and get outside more. Cut out or at least cut back on the junk food. Choose healthy alternatives. Watermelon makes a great dessert or afternoon snack for kids and adults.

To Your Health and Fitness,

Kevin


Americans just keep getting larger
Source: UPI

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (UPI) -- U.S. adults have become more overweight or obese in recent years, says a survey by Indiana University, dispelling the notion that a plateau had been reached.

The study, appearing in the August Journal of the National Medical Association, found increasing rates of diabetes among U.S. adults and more direct links between excess weight and serious health conditions.

Adults who were obese or severely obese were still, respectively, 26 percent and 50 percent more likely to report also having a serious health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, hypertension, stroke, lung disease, asthma, thyroid disorders or kidney disease.

Overall, 63 percent of adults surveyed in 2005 were overweight or obese, compared to 58 percent in a comparable national survey conducted in 2001. In 2005, 8.5 percent of respondents reported having diabetes, compared to 7.9 percent in 2001.

"Despite the huge efforts and resources devoted to curbing the obesity epidemic, including government initiatives and media coverage, there is no sign of containment of the obesity epidemic among U.S. adults," said public-health expert Dong-Chul Seo of Indiana University.
Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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