Americans have known for a long time that we were getting fatter and fatter, until one day, we had to declare an Obesity Epidemic. Usually, when epidemics occur, all possible ways of eradicating the problem are analyzed, tested and there are communities of trained professionals who come together in order to find methods of offering their best solutions to the public at large.
Americans have been getting fatter for quite some time. Instead of giving children more opportunities to play and making active activities more desirable, they have been given less on both ends. At most schools, recess is so short that children rapidly lose the desire to play. If they run constantly for 10 minutes, then return to class when the bell rings needed to use the restroom, they are reprimanded for not having managed their time properly. Children start doing practical things during their recess, instead of playing. If they even have recess.
And physical education becomes more and more like kiddy-boot camp. When I had PE in junior high school, we played whatever various sports that could be accompanied by the school since taking money away from something as unimportant as physical activities, or the arts has no impact on the developing society. And the high point of it all, was pass or fail with one small overall athletic test that ended in a 1-mile run that had to be completed in under 5 minutes as of 1992. In 1994, my sister went to the same school and took the same test but she was given 8 minutes. Now there is even of large window of time with which the runners can come in under. Where the #*?! is the quality control? Does anywhere care about the deteriorating health of our nation? Is anyone interested in altering the issues that we can physically tackle within our own country?
Then these obese and over-weight children start showing signs of heart disease at the age of five. A generation ago, these signs of heart disease would only be visible in an adult and now it is common amongst children.
Obese and over-weight people grow up, some have spent their entire lives with this condition and others it is a result of changing lifestyles. There are people were healthy active children that move away from home immediately start eating, sleeping and everything differently and their bodies show signs of it. Ever heard of the freshman 10? Or is it 20 now? It is perfectly acceptable to gain weight during your first year of college but when does it stop? People stop playing high school sports, no longer have access to local facilities, nor have the time due to their class load and/or job situation.
Other people have spent their entire lives battling with their weight. Some are genetically inclined to be obese or overweight having larger muscle masses and so forth. Having tried every diet known to man without realizing that a healthy lifestyle entails just that, it is a life style. If you can not survive for the rest of your life taking pills in the place of a meal, then it is not the appropriate solution.
Another major issue is food. Most Americans can not afford to eat healthy foods, even if they want to. Why? Because there is a plethora of inexpensive products that harbor the protein, fats, salts, sugars, etc. that one person should eat in one week in half a normal serving portion. And most people eat much more than the serving portion because what they have is not enough to fill them up. The majority of people do not understand what a healthy living lifestyle entails, and if you have any questions yourself, I suggest finding a trained nutritionist to guide you into the proper direction (even if you only go once, it is worth it). Healthy foods are always considered alternative foods because they take time to prepare and most people do not have the time to prepare food, they work all of the time and need to eat fast.
I find it hard to believe that no one with money has taken the initiative to capitalize on what America needs. We have an over-abundance of fast food restaurants and fat America loves to drive-thru so much that there is a ton of money to be made with healthy fast food. This would also attract customers, like myself, who never go to fast food restaurants. Why? Because I am a vegetarian and going through a drive-thru in order to buy a salad consisting of lettuce with either tomatoes or carrots is not my idea of a meal. There are plenty of healthy foods that can be made inexpensively and can be easily eaten in a car. If the government really cared, they would prioritize the public over their pocketbook, in order to get America back on track and possibly help out the rest of the world.
France is discussing their problem with obesity, since this is turning into a worldwide epidemic. About 6 million people are obese and roughly 20 million are over-weight or obese. And an increasing portion of this group consists of children.
Since this time, France has tried a number of different experiments in order to try to solve this problem. And each time something is tried, the entire country is notified of it so that all interested parties can try the same thing themselves or look for ways of improving upon it. For instance, there are some schools that have implemented machines that the children must use prior to eating meals. Their BMI and other pertinent information is in this machine. Based on the food that is available that day, the children must create a balanced meal that is appropriate for their bodies. Once they have done this, their meal ticket comes out and they can go and eat.
So schools in Georgia wanting to track students BMI online is a good idea but it’s not a solution. They are adding themselves to a list of other states where approximately 40% or so of their students are overweight, that figure does not include the public at large. It’s obvious that there’s a problem and tracking the BMI online is like watching a train wreck with your friends and then going to a coffee shop to make a blog about it instead of searching for survivors or trying to prevent it from happening again.
I have heard rumors about what to name the larger ambulances that need to be in circulation in order to cater to the obese and over-weight population. This is necessary because there are so many people that alone exceed the maximum weight capacity of the ambulance and the EMTs are not always able to lift the people into the ambulance. Sad but true. I have a simple philosophy that applies to this topic, “what you resists, persist; so don’t complain, do.” In other words, if you think you are fat, do not complain about it, do something about it. I whole-heartedly believe that if I’m not happy with something but don’t do anything to change it that I have absolutely no room to complain. Super-sized ambulances are coming to neighborhoods real soon.