Every where we go we are inundated with weight loss commercials, diets, exercise gimmicks, workout fads and commercials for healthy food. Just by all the commercials alone, it is clear everyone knows America has a weight issue.
149 million Americans are overweight or obese. We suffer $208 billion in lost productivity and $46 billion in direct medical costs as a result of our weight issue. One out of three youth are overweight, and one out of six is obese. And, if a parent is overweight, their child has a startling 70% chance of being overweight or obese too. So, it would only make since that anyone who wants to make money would jump on the weight loss bandwagon to sell us something to fix our problem.
So how do diet and fitness brands try to grab our attention? They don’t attempt to hook us by listing health risks or obesity facts. No, they capture our attention with six-pack abs and hot fit bodies. Why? Because our outer body is more tangible and real to us. It’s what we see. But what about what we cannot see?
Rolls of fat are bothersome, and tight jeans are frustrating. Our outer layer of fat speaks to us every day. It stares us in the face and screams at us constantly – but what if your organs, blood and bones could talk to you and explaim how your weight affects them?
This picture (posted above) is a look inside the body of a person who is overweight vs a person at a healthy weight. Look at how crowded the overweight person’s organs are. Look at how the body fat shifts their joints out of whack and changes their posture.
Let Me Hear Your Body Talk
If your body could talk, your heart may ask you for a much-needed break, and complain about how hard and fast it’s been beating. Your lungs may tell you how cramped they are and how badly they would like to expand more so you could perform better. Your bones may cry for relief from carrying such large loads day in and day out. Your blood might be too busy yelling at your artery walls to even have time to complain to you about your cholesterol issues. Each blood drop is probably yelling “pardon me, coming through, make a way” because of all the build up it has to dodge or squeeze through every second of the day.
We take life for granted. It’s not that we forget the fact we are alive, but we neglect to realize all the work it takes to keep us alive. We have such high expectations for our body. We expect our body to perform well even when we treat it like crap. We act surprised when we have health issues when, if our body could talk, it’s probably been struggling for years.
Sure, weight loss looks great, but we can’t forget about how much better weight loss looks on the inside too. Don’t you think your body deserves a break – and maybe even a little pampering? It’s been working so hard all these years. Let’s take good care of it, so it can continue taking good care of you.
Today’s Fitness Motivation:
I think most people know we have a big obesity problem in America, but I don’t think people really understand what that means – or what to do about it. Medical Coding Career Guide built this infographic to really bring the facts home. After you review this enlightening graphic, I’ll give you 5 tips on how you can fight obesity and make a difference in your home and community.
5 Tips to Fighting Obesity:
1. Fight obesity in your home. Limit fast food and dry snacks (chips, cookies, crackers). Buy more fresh foods and less processed foods. Since many Americans are overweight due to overeating, serve dinner on salad plates to help control portion size. Seek education for you and your family and dedicate time to teaching your family about the importance of making healthy choices and increasing activities.
2. Fight obesity in your workplace. Many people don’t eat healthy because they really don’t know how to – or they are not completely aware of just unhealthy they really are. Although you can’t force co-workers to eat healthy, you can share your knowledge, introduce them to healthy foods and snacks, and invite them to the gym with you. Start a fitness challenge at your workplace and get more involved in your company’s wellness program. If nothing else, you can lead by example and encourage your coworkers when they do seek improvement.
3. Fight obesity in your child’s school. Even if you can’t change the lunchroom menu, you can change the way your child eats. Pack a lunch for them instead of relying on the school system to provide healthy meals for your child. Become a proactive member of the PTA and learn how to get more involved in making a difference in your local school system. PTA boards are always looking for inspiring speakers. Offer to speak, or to provide a speaker, to talk about childhood obesity. Remember, kids influence kids — and your kid can either influence other kids for good or bad. Encourage your child to be a good example for their friends and share what they have learned about healthy living.
4. Fight obesity in your church and your other favorite organizations. Church and food go together like peanut butter and jelly. Churches encourage good fellowship, and with that comes a lot of opportunities to eat and drink. Most churches rely on the congregation to provide food and beverage for their social events. Coke, sweet tea, high-cal casseroles, sweets and high-carb foods will always fill the buffet table. It’s up to you to provide healthy selections and to encourage your friends to do so as well. If you count calories, place a nutritional information card by the dish with the name of your yummy recipe, calories and your name in case they have questions.If you have the recipe, leave recipe cards by the dish and spread your healthy recipes with others.
5. Fight obesity in your close circles. We have the opportunity to impact our friends and family the most. Whether we are having people over for dinner or meeting people out, it’s important to stick to healthy eating so you can lead by example. Many times people actually buy junk food and serve higher calorie food when having guests over. Don’t be responsible for fattening up your guests. If you are exploring a menu and looking up calories while dining out, share what you are seeing. You’ll be amazed how many people have no idea how many calories are in foods they “think” is healthy. Of course, you need to be sensitive around people who are insecure about their weight, but even if you choose to say nothing and simply lead by example, you can still make a powerful impact on your loved ones.
Share this blog with your friends, on your facebook wall, on twitter, in pinterest, email and print it out for home and work. The key to helping people is educating them. Help make them more aware of the seriousness of obesity by sharing this blog today. You NEVER KNOW who’s life you could change simply by sharing this blog.
How have YOU helped fight obesity? Share your own tips and story below. 🙂 -B-