Good grief. There should be no increase in obesity. It's life and death
to improve this percentage. Too much processed food--and too much screen time!
If one wishes to avoid obesity, heart disease and stroke, colon, breast, and
prostate cancer, reduce your chances of a host of other degenerative diseases
like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, avoid asthma, etc. one needs to
be on a vegetarian diet. That means no beef, pork, or lamb, sausage, hot dogs,
deli, processed ham. No dairy other than a cup of skim non fat milk, no cheese.
Egg whites ok. If one has had a heart attack or stroke then no "healthy
oils" like olive oil or any other oils, no fish, no poultry nothing with a
mother. Only the low fat can reverse heart disease. Usually a B-12 tab, D3,
multivit should be taken. This diet is good for children except they may need
not to be so strict as they will grow shorter on this diet. It is also good for
athletes. Those following this type of low fat diet will lose weight
if they need to as much as 50 or more pounds. Fat goes to fat. One may eat all
the complex carbohydrates one want leafy greens, etc. only whole grains are
eaten, maybe a walnut or two. A fish oil cap too. If this appeals to
you look up Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Esselstyne.
Cheap, mass-produced food (relative to most of the world) and outrageously large
portions have driven obesity numbers skyward for years now. Even then, the U.S.
wastes more food than any other country. Eat less. Exercise more. That's
the not-so-secret formula. The fact that Utah's population is only
one-quarter obese is nothing to brag about. It's actually a health crisis.
On average, Americans eat about 3,700 calories per day. That is up about 1,000
since the 80's. To help me understand calorie intake, I consider what
exercise would be required to burn it off. A donut is a half hour on an exercise
bike. A 12 pack of soda is about a half marathon. My daughter started measuring
food, and I was surprised by the difference in food volumes: a tablespoon of
mayonnaise has the same calories as a bowl of carrots. It takes an hour to eat
the same calories of sunflower seeds as are contained in a snack sized candy
Will Utah improve in the obesity rankings anytime soon?Fat chance.
our body knows what it should be doing but somehow that information never makes
it to point where precise action will take control so maybe some part of us is
not paying attention at the important facts that are readily aparrent maybe we
need more full length mirrors and scalesand show our inner self who we
should be for our own well being maybe we missed the point on why we are here
like maybe to be our best.
Part of the problem I think, is the illusion that we don't have time. We
don't have time to cook healthy meals. We don't have time to walk or
bike to church/school/the grocery store. Or our schedules are so full and busy
that by the time we get home we are too tired to cook, or do anything besides
veg in front of the screen.If we were to slow down a little and take care
of ourselves before our schedules, I think we'd be healthier and happier.
We just read a book called “The Longevity plan” by Dr. John Day. He
works here at Intermountain, but traveled to China to these long-lived villages
to see why they are so healthy and what they do. Part of the problem in Utah is
that we sit too much, and especially at church and work. In China they usually
stand for events and work hard doing manual labor...anyway, get the book,
it’s fascinating what life changes we can make for health and less
When we travel, I'm always struck by how many people in the Salt Lake
airport are chubby. Too much ice cream and dirty sodas, I guess.
Approximately 10 percent of U.S. adults were classified as obese during the
1950s. The average restaurant meal is four times larger than it was in the
1950s.25 % is still not good. With most people eating processed
foods, fast food, cholesterol, fat, soda, sugar in a dozen forms, snacking all
day long it is a small wonder the obesity rate isn't higher. To add fuel to
the fire most of us sit in front of a screen hours daily. My doctor
eats healthy, walks to work, walks at lunch, walks home and is trim and fit. I
do the same. It takes effort but healthy habits can be achieved.