I recently read some pretty scary stats:

  • A recent study by Duke University estimates that 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030, up from about 34 percent today. Contrary to other reports, the epidemic is getting worse, not better. Will we all become obese?
  • A recent story in the New York Times exposes how dangerous obese airline passengers can be, with engineers describing how seat belts may not restrain obese people. In a crash, obese people may “blast through” seat belts and into other passengers. Have you seen the films of normal-size test dummies crashing into dashboards? Imagine getting hit by a 250- to 300-pound linebacker at jet speed.
  • The CDC estimates that obesity costs us about $150 billion per year today, almost 10 percent of health care costs. It’s the second leading cause of preventable death in the country, just behind smoking, and it is gaining. That cost is projected to increase to over 500 billion.

Have we considered the consequences for this data?  For one, we can take responsibility for improving our health TODAY! 

Here are a few easy ways, to make some small changes:

  1. Reduce your caloric intake by 100 calories a day (that’s one less fizzy beverage vs. water)
  2. Start taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  3. Instead of sitting at your desk all day, stand in one hour intervals in order to improve blood flow and keep you moving
  4. Increase the number of fruits you are eating by 1… it’s nature’s candy!
  5. Make a point to work up a sweat at least every other day for about 20 minutes

Figure out the changes that will work for you and get started. Now.




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