Americans are desperate to lose weight and get in shape, and certainly throw enough money at the cause. Despite a 65 BILLION dollar diet industry, Americans are unhealthier than ever. The US obesity rate hit a record high in 2015 at 28.6% of adults. An additional 35.6% of our population is overweight. That’s over 64% of people with excess weight. That excess is linked to heart problems, cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, pregnancy problems, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and fatty liver disease. That’s not to mention the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and economic burden of carrying the strain. This burden is a dangerous threat to our collective health and security today and in the future.
Consider this: the yearly cost to our economy for obesity ALONE is estimated to be 301.5 BILLION. Yes, that’s with a “B”. That includes direct and non-direct medical services, loss of employee productivity, disability issues and preventable death.
It’s easy to ignore the problem and go on with unhealthy habits. If you eat junk because you “feel like it”, guess what, CHILDREN do things because they feel like it. “Oh, it’s too expensive to eat healthy…I don’t have time to exercise”. REALLY? You want to pay a ton of medical bills down the line? Maybe even bankrupt yourself based on medical issues you could have prevented? REALLY, you don’t have time? Look, you don’t have time NOT to exercise. Seriously, 30 minutes a day max is all you need to improve your health. Even if you spent that half hour working out EVERY DAY it is two percent of your life. TWO PERCENT. Real adults get with the program and do what they know is right. They don’t make excuses or BS themselves.
No, it’s NOT always easy to do the thing that your future self will thank you for. But ANYONE, regardless of income, can do something positive for their health and the health of their precious loved ones.
If you want to be good to yourself, your family, and your country, STOP making excuses, STOP whining, get off your rear, go for a walk and eat some vegetables.
(If you need help with the “how” — let me know! It’s valuable, yet free.)
[Photo: Steady fire, Santa Cruz, CA]