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We like to think that the two articles above are just media hysteria, but then we travel about….the grocery store, the mall, the water park and it seems like half of Americans are overweight now. Hell, 2 of 4 Americans shopping at the local health food stores are overweight and they're buying "health" food.
With all the information readily available on fitness and nutrition it's difficult to imagine why so many are overweight. We may not have the answers, but we do have questions.
1) What is actually being overweight? The Body Mass Index (BMI) has been unreliable at best.
2) Why do people who know better not workout and not eat a diet that will facilitate an improved bodyweight as well as improved health?
Taking a stab at answering question #2 we'd say that there are several factors involved:
1) There is a lot of misinformation and nonsense offered as legitimate nutrition advice. It's up to the individual to sift through the information and discover what is accurate and who is being honest. If you saw one of the commercials that implies that High Fructose Corn Syrup is a harmless "vegetable"–don't you believe it!
Most "Low-Fat" products are really LESS HEALTHY.
"Whole Wheat" and "Whole Grain" is still a processed grain and not a healthy choice.
Carbs is not a fancy word for bread and pasta. True bread and pasta are carbs, but so are fruit and vegetables. There are good carbs and carbs that are not so good.
Eating fat doesn't make you fat!
2) The access to cheap, fast, unhealthy food is much better more convenient than the access to healthy food.
Buy good food, plan ahead, carry your meals with you if necessary. It's less expensive in the end…you won't need your "disposable" income to pay a doctor or hospital bill.
3) Many are emotionally attached to foods that make them "comfortable" or make them feel better. They don't care how much harm their diet is doing some will never give up poor choices until those poor choices cause them disease or dysfunction.
To this we say you either "get it" or you don't. As long as you understand there are better choices and you aware of the consequences of your poor choices.
To those who are overweight and taking action we applaud you. To those not taking action against being overweight or obese the future of health care doesn't look very promising. There are so many reasons to do something about your health and fitness and no good reason not to.