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American Obesity Rates Show Plateau
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American Obesity Rates Show Plateau

Good news for all U.S. adults! New report was finally released after being overwhelmed by the alarming obesity problems that constantly hit both children and adults in the past few years up to the present.

Data coming from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed that obesity in the U.S. appears remarkably the same from 2009 to 2010 when compared to the 2003 to 2008 data. The basis of this report came from the results of height and weight measurements of some six thousand Americans, although, it did not show that these people got healthier.

You might be surprised but apparently the worst years of prevalence of obesity in America were from 1980 to 2000 where it doubled its number. In those years, there were fewer warnings against junk foods and for some reasons discoveries were not publicized until the danger exceeded to that of hunger. Now, health awareness is bolder than ever, and because of this, some big manufacturers and restaurants are making changes in the way they process foods.

Although, obesity of U.S. adults is not increasing, according to the report the figures are still high. seventy-eight (78) million adults and 12.5 million children are still considered overweight or obese. But these records are lower than the number of Hispanic, Mexican-American, and black women. Furthermore, around $190 billion per year are still being spent in treating health problems relating to obesity. But the government is now making efforts to limit calories and salt in restaurants, as well as, improve the labeling requirements for packaged foods.

Why are people obese?

(1) The present economic problem has contributed to the arrangement within the family that both parents work to cope with the expenses. And because of this, nobody is usually left to cook healthy food at home, so the children would eat out or order cooked foods, which are oftentimes starchy and high in calories.

(2) According to the report, many would still give less importance to the recommended nutrition guidelines of including fruits and vegetables in their daily meals.

(3) While lives of working moms and dads in the office are oftentimes sedentary, many children also prefer to sit around and stay indoors, because of the ever-growing attraction from television and latest technologies.

Obviously, these are some of the daily practices that can easily develop a fattening habit. And normally, the human mechanism doesn't have ability to control appetite, and our minds would still reason even after our bodies already signaled overeating.

The solution

The effective solution is a gradual change in lifestyle. Not only do we need to know the right foods to eat, we also need to know the foods to avoid, because there are some foods that we think are "healthy foods" but are actually making us fat and unhealthy.

Moreover, introducing physical activities to children, like encouraging them to join after school sports, will have great impact in their health. Adults should also finds ways to exercise even in busy schedules. Besides, how can we continue working if we get sick because of lack of physical activity?


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Another good article Lemuel

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Mark.

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  about 7 years ago

Good article. Gradual changes are more likely to create change long term. Exercise matters:-) Walking fit.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you. Yes, gradual change is effective.

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  about 7 years ago

Gradual change probably builds habits. Habits are a way of doing things we want to do but in the moment of doing might prefer to skip. That's probably why my habit of walking to Mass works.

  
  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Cynthia. Nice to hear that. Attending the Mass will reinforce your walking exercise. :) By the way, I have just finished reading an article about abs being made in the kitchen not in the gym. One fitness coach rated 70% diet + 30% gym = total weight loss - but all of them agree that food is superior when it comes to weight loss. Gradual change will help develop a habit/lifestyle, although exercise will experience plateau every now and then.

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  about 7 years ago

All common sense stuff. Good article Lemuel

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  about 7 years ago
  

Yeah, certainly the adults know what they are doing. Thank you Shawn.

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

Looks like some things are getting better. I think kids should also be encouraged to cook. It's creative, they'll have fun, it'll put them in touch with food, and they wll be able to help the whole family, and learn skills that will benefit them through life. Thanks for this good news article Lemuel. I thought we were getting fatter and fatter.

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  about 7 years ago
  

The U.S. is really doing well right now, and kids also have encouragement to join after-school sports which made changes to their eating habits already. Obesity for adults is still at 36%. I hope this year, it will decrease. And may the rest of the world follow also.

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  about 7 years ago

Good article Lemuel, obviously the push to educate people about healthy diet and lifestyle seems to be working.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Penny. Yes, and the children are also improving because of the after-school sports that are being promoted in their schools. There were testimonies of parents whose kids joined after-school soccer games. According to the parents, their kids are drinking more water now, and the good news is that these kids are requesting their parents to buy fruits and vegetables - something one parent described as a significant change in eating habits.

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  about 7 years ago

Dear Lemuel, Another good one, keep up the good work. Keep the body weight down is a life long battle.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you Alfred

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  about 7 years ago

I think there needs to be some addressing of the conflict between health and budget--eating healthy is considered by many to be a vanity of the well-off. While I'm not sure if that is necessarily true, only discussion of budget-friendly diet and exercise will bring some honesty to the situation. thanks, lemuel.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Chris. Yes, a budget-friendly diet and exercise suited for the family is important here. Once achievable, it will create a stronger motivation and I think everyone will go for it. Right now the move of the government is improving the labeling requirements and requiring restaurants and vending machine operators to list calorie content of their menu items.

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  about 7 years ago

Chris I think it depends on what people consider 'healthy'. Yes, it's expensive to eat organic or gluten free (for example) compared to other foods but I'll guarantee you it's heaps cheaper to fill your trolley with produce than go and stock up with all the pre-packaged junk. I had a mom trying to tell me that she had to feed her kids 'snack' foods because fruit was so expensive. A bag of oranges (per kilo) or a hand of bananas is so much better value than any other food I can think of to feed my kids. People have this extremely warped view on the cost of healthy living for some reason. I think they just don't want to get off their bum to peel something.

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  about 7 years ago

Maybe--but our experience with our kids was not solely about affording the food--sometimes one has to consider whether the kids will actually eat the healthy foods. If Cap'n Crunch is the only way to get a kid out the door in time for the bus with breakfast in the belly, then sometimes, Cap'n Crunch is health food.

  
  about 7 years ago

Unless the kids don't know what Cap'n Crunch is. We serve only one type of food in this house: take it or leave it. Goes down a treat and the kids never tire of it day in and day out. Why do we think we have to pander to our kids desire to eat junk food. If they wanted alcohol I'd say no! Why is this any different unless I'm neglecting my parental duty of care. Sorry Chris, having had a child who reacted to many substances in foods on a behavioural and tangible health level I just have no tolerance for excuses on this one.

  
  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Heather. I was reading updates about after-school soccer games for kids in the U.S. There are a lot of testimonies from parents who observed significant improvements in their children's health and eating habits. One parent said her daughter is now drinking more water. Another parent said, "Kids came home one day asking for more fruits and vegetables." I hope a little more effort will be exerted to help obesity problem to start a downward slope. There are no released updates yet for 2011-2012 if the U.S. improved in its battle against obesity aside from the annual report and warnings coming from American Cancer Society in their "Cancer Facts and Figures 2012" e-book. By the way, new study reveals that coffee can lower bad cholesterol. Unless Rob is drinking green tea, he's missing something here. :)

  
  about 7 years ago

Thanks for that update Lemuel. I think it's so important with kids as they develop their eating habits early in life and it's a huge struggle to change them as an adult. My kids have started after school soccer with a snack included. I was suspicious and so relieved to find out they're being given fruit each week. Slowly there is an awareness happening and the school getting behind it really helps as kids feel 'normal' if they're eating the healthy stuff. As for the coffee news, I think that's great. I think Rob's on board with the coffee. He's just addicted to giving me a hard time! lol

  
  about 7 years ago

Different parenting techniques have different pros and cons, Heather. We focused on teaching our kids to choose wisely, rather than keep them in a set environment. As a one-time child who did everything I was told not to, the first chance I got, I (we) decided to interact with our children rather than restrict them. It has its downsides, as does any form of parenting--the perfect parent is a mythological beast.

  
  about 7 years ago

This is a good one Lemuel...

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you Rob.

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  about 7 years ago

Don't you sleep or are you like me up at all times of night.? I was not expecting a return comment for hours....

  
  about 7 years ago
  

I'm still awake. It must be the coffee. It's my rest day after a football tournament. :)

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  about 7 years ago

Don't drink too much coffee it's bad for you, ask Heather....

  
  about 7 years ago
  

Yeah, I only had 1 cup.

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  about 7 years ago

He's talking about me again!! Have another cup Lemuel. The health benefits don't kick in until the third one in the day!

  
  about 7 years ago
AJ  

Nice article, Lemuel. I'm glad the upward trend has plateaued. Now to see obesity begin a downward slope - I hope!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Yes, I hope it will begin a downward slope. The government is now making steps to improve labeling requirements and restaurants may soon be required to list the calorie content in their standard menu items.

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  about 7 years ago
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