FC: The Obesity Epidemic. | By: Mrs. Hildebrand
1: We hear about it constantly... in the news, in magazines, on billboards. It floods the media. We are FAT. The obesity epidemic has reached an all time high in the United States. Is there an answer? There must be.
2: Fact: 35.7% of U.S. adults and 17% (12.5 million) of children between 2-19 are obese.
3: Shocking? Yes. Devastating? Yes.
4: Fact: Obesity has almost TRIPLED in America since 1980.
5: Shocking? Yes. Devastating? Yes.
6: Fact: Over $100 billion is spent a year on fast food by Americans. Twenty-five percent of Americans eat fast food every day.
7: Shocking? Yes. Devastating? Yes.
8: Why? The economically disadvantaged population is growing, healthy food is expensive and people are busier than ever.
9: What can we do? The solutions are easy. Are you committed? Your life could depend on it.
10: Eat less. Twenty years ago, the bagel was half the size it is today. We are eating entirely too much. Use the nutrition guides on the sides of food boxes to identify serving sizes. The "Choose My Plate" website is also an excellent resource to help with meal size planning.
11: Eat well. McDonald's is simply NOT healthy. Cupcakes are NOT healthy. Treat yourself to these items occasionally, but the majority of your diet should focus on vegetables and fruits. The more colorful your food it on your plate, the healthier.
12: Get active. Get off of the couch. Technology has caused a decrease in physical activity. An active and healthy life style includes a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Finding a workout buddy increases the chances of you sticking to your active lifestyle.
13: Sleep regularly. A healthy lifestyle includes a normal sleep regimen. A child aged 5-12 years of age needs between 10 and 11 hours of sleep a night. An adult needs a minimum of 7.5 hours of sleep.
14: Obesity. Will you be a statistic?
15: Obesity. Will you make a change?
16: Works Consulted Kidd, Deanna. "Shocking Fast Food Statistics You Should Know." Partners for Your Health. 23 April 2012. 28 February 2014.