Obesity Statistics: Unpleasant for the United States

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This can’t be?  A report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). called “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America” released obesity statistics for 2008.

What You Need to Know:

  • Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in 2008
  • The percentage of obese or overweight children is at or above 30% in 30 states

Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20%. In 1980, the national average for adult obesity was 15%. Sixteen states experienced an increase for the second year in a row, and 11 states experienced an increase for the third straight year.

As far as I’m concerned, as fitness professionals we are FAILING.  It’s not for the lack of trying or effort.  But the cause isn’t just adults.  There’s a very good interview with Jack LaLanne called Blazing Trails.

Let me leave you with what Jack said…

On one hand, I’m very encouraged by the number of people exercising today. There are more people exercising than I’ve ever seen before. On the other hand, there are more fat people today than ever before in our nation’s history. Our message isn’t reaching as many people as it needs to. We should be talking to kids in kindergarten and first grade. We should be teaching them about physical activity and nutrition. It’s just as important for developing their brains as is reading, writing and arithmetic. ~ Jack LaLanne

What Can You Do About It?

If you’ve got children, talk to them.  Learn how to read a nutrition label.  It’s great adults want to become healthy but if childhood obesity is already at 30%, those statistics will only rise.

View The Full Report with Obesity Statistics per State

How would you solve this problem?

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”

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2 Responses to "Obesity Statistics: Unpleasant for the United States"

  1. Anne Hunter:
    July 14, 2009 09:32 am

    Make it safe for childern to go out, unattended by an adult, to play after they are done with their homework and chores. This is the main difference between when I was a child and how my child is growing up. She not only misses out on exercise, but also on social interaction with her peers, going to pick up and a small order from the local store, learning how to make change that way.

    Most especially the experience of gaining freedom upon fullfilling her obligations of dong her homework, studies and chores. Once she does these things now, I can not offer her freedom! Parents in our town are told, at school, by the police, not to let your childern out on their own.

    I think, even more important than physical weight is the loss of this valuable exchange of responsibility for personl freeedom. Still a child lacks both now.

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    1. Sarah:
      December 11, 2012 08:05 pm

      I grew up when going out alone was safe, but I never did. My brother and I played at home in the garden, hide-and-seek, cowboy and indian, we’d go hiking on Sundays with our parents, play in the sand dunes, go pick mushrooms and berries – with our parents – and were active without ever engaging in any organized sports.

      We ate home cooked meals (mom being French, they weren’t low-fat or low-cal, but sure were low in trans fats and HFCS which were both absent!

      Dessert was Sunday lunch only. A small bottle of soda/pop was Saturday night only, and after supper! We were allowed what is now regarded as a small bag of chips, and one “now-small” chocolate bar. Or mom would bake buns and make hot cocoa.

      Were we deprived of comfort foods? Heck no, but ours were healthy (-ier). And we moved, naturally; not jumping like weird-looking string-puppets in front of some animated figure in a game on TV.

      As adults, we may struggle more now than our parents’ generation in the 60s and 70′s but frankly, I pity kids these days having to grow up with all this artificial crap.

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