It’s getting harder and harder to deny our country is becoming the United States of Obesity. A study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine says about three out of four U.S. men and 67% of U.S. women ages 25 and older are either overweight or obese. The numbers are staggering…..researchers estimate that 67.6 million American adults (25+) are obese and another 65.2 million are overweight. More than 132 million people.
According to the study, those numbers are a significant increase over two decades ago, when 63% of U.S. men and 55% of U.S. women were overweight or obese. Newsmax Health said the numbers clearly show that we have to find ways to reverse the trend and listed five possible suggestions.
- Ban high-fructose corn syrup in our food supply, just as the Food and Drug Administration did for trans fats. (You can ban it from your diet now.)
- Develop alternatives to hormone-disrupting chemicals used in everything from shampoos to receipts and plastics. (You should wash your hands after touching receipts.)
- Limit the use of antibiotics in the food supply. They alter gut bacteria, tip the scales in favor of weight gain, and increase the likelihood of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- Set up programs to help obese adults get the support they need to start and stick with a lifestyle do-over.
- And if you are overweight, start a walking routine that aims for 10,000 steps a day, and make sure your children enjoy at least two hours of active playtime daily.
Equally as discouraging, the data shows that national efforts to encourage U.S. residents to eat healthier and exercise more are failing. In an article in the San Diego Union Tribune, Dr. Karen Hanna said, “I think most people know that eating healthy and exercising are important. I don’t think they know the best way to go about that and lack resources,” she said. “And to tell someone to just eat less or exercise more is not an effective plan and doomed to failure.”
We can we do in Arizona to help change these numbers? It will be an important step in the fight to make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!