ABC News reports, that a recent study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that over 42% of Americans will be obese by 2030. Sadly, this study doesn’t even shock me. I was recently in a crowded grocery store outside of Seattle where 100% of the people I saw were overweight. What shocks me more is that the grocery carts associated with my fellow shoppers were still filled with processed, sugary non foods. What’s it going to take for people to take responsibility for their own health?
I’m so passionate about eating for health because my father was obese. He had been an athlete growing up and even played for a minor league football team after college. He eventually stopped being active and ate a lot of neolithic foods. Sadly, he died from cancer at the age of 57. I truly believe his lifelong struggle with obesity led him to die at such a young age. I believe obesity is a symptom of living an unhealthy lifestyle and reflects what is going on inside the body. If you can improve your overall health, you can maintain a healthy weight.
Americans are chronically overweight and unhealthy because they are eating too much sugar and too many things ( I can’t even call it food) that come out of a package. One will surely improve her health and her waistline by adopting a whole foods approach to eating.
Diets don’t work. They are temporary, and for the most part people are looking to cheat whenever they can. What works: making healthy choices that last a lifetime.
I do have some hope. I believe the larger trend is that more and more people are making educated choices about the food they eat. There is a greater awareness on whole foods nutrition. Most people know that sugar, especially the excess levels of consumption that have become commonplace, is detrimental to attaining a healthy weight and living a long life. To improve body composition, many have realized that if they keep processed foods and carbohydrates off their plates they begin to lose excess body fat and they have more energy.
Wake up America, it is time to make a lifelong shift in your eating habits. Let’s not wait until 2030.