By Michael Torchia
The Crippling Conditions of Obesity and What to Do About it!
It is estimated that 47 million Americans are afflicted with the crippling condition of Metabolic Syndrome-X, and that number is expected to balloon over the coming years. By 2050, there will be a 165% increase in the number of adults in America suffering from diabetes (from 11 million up to 29 million).
Heart disease remains the number one killer in the world, responsible for roughly 900,000+ deaths a year in the US alone. And obesity? Approximately 136 million of us are overweight and 64 million of those are obese.
These and other staggering statistics assault us each day. All of it points to something drastically wrong with our diet and our lifestyle. As the obesity numbers continue to rise, it seems we’re incapable of turning it around. On the large scale, the statistics seem remote and overwhelming—beyond our control.
The dangers of obesity are well documented, but what we need isn’t more statistics, it’s a change in mindset. How we think about fitness and obesity needs to undergo a massive cultural shift.
As a parallel, consider the history of smoking in America. Thirty years ago, everyone more or less knew that cigarettes were harmful. The dots between smoking, emphysema and lung cancer had already been connected by medical studies, but there was little sign of this fact in the culture at-large.
Now, after decades of lawsuits and media attention, smoking has essentially been marginalized. We’ve changed our lifestyles, legislation has been passed to ensure the public safety—and most importantly—the idea of cigarette smoking as a reasonable lifestyle choice has become extinct.
That same kind of Cultural Revolution needs to occur in our fight against obesity. In order to create the necessary changes to create the cultural shift, as we have done with cigarette smoking, we must become pro-active by reading labels, avoiding artificial sweeteners, utilizing portion control and become more active. Remember you must take responsibility for your own physical condition in order to make permanent lifestyle changes.