YES AMERICA, YOU DO LOOK FAT IN THOSE PANTS
The recently released report “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America‘s Future 2011″ from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has just come out and the numbers are not good (http://healthyamericans.org/report/88/). The numbers have not been good for years but it is really getting out of hand now.
“Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states* in the past year and did not decline in any state” (*Including Maine.)
“Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent”
“Twenty years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. Today, more than two out of three states, 38 total, have obesity rates over 25 percent”
“Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995”
And so on. The report is comprehensive enough to take into consideration ethnic/racial and socioeconomic factors and does make some solid recommendations as to what policy makers and the food and beverage industry can do to change the direction. What it does not do much of is suggest that you get up off your ass and do something about it yourself.
Fortunately that is what SPHERE is here to help you do. With our well-rounded approach we offer many possibilities to get you going. Simple Powerful Health and Exercise Routines for Everyone. It is in the name. Whether it is the “I’m not fooling around anymore” boot camps or the “time to make some change” of the Walk and Water program (coming in September) we can help you make simple lifestyle changes that get results
“Creating healthy environments is key to reversing the obesity epidemic”
It is both the easiest thing to do and one of the hardest. I know this as less than 18 months ago I was one of the people who would have been classified as obese. Still today I am working on the famously difficult last ten pounds and I continually want potato chips almost all the time. But all I did was eat less, eat better and exercise more. I was fortunate that my workout partner is an experienced and talented fitness professional but when you join up with SPHERE you will have that same advantage.
The numbers in this study are horrible but they can change. It is within you to make a difference. Find it.