America’s Obesity Pandemic: What You Can Do To Help

America’s obesity crisis seems more overwhelming now than ever. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 39.8% of American adults and about 20.6% of adolescents are obese. Overall, over 70 percent of Americans are either obese or overweight- the highest rates ever recorded.

What the CDC study doesn’t disclose is why the crisis is worsening. A study at Georgia Southern University revealed that fewer Americans, especially women, are attempting to lose weight. Health experts warn that lack of exercise and unhealthy diet are still the major culprits.

Sadly, cheap, accessible, and highly processed foods are available everywhere. And despite people engaging more in recreational activity, the overall activity, household and occupational activities have drastically reduced in recent years.

So, what can you do to help fight the obesity pandemic?


The aim of obesity treatment is weight loss, and exercise is an integral part of every weight loss program. It should, therefore, become a permanent part of your lifestyle. Exercising regularly offers the following benefits:

• Burning off calories and reducing weight
• Increasing the rate of metabolism
• Improving lung and liver function
• Reducing stress
• Maintaining muscle tone
• Improving circulation
• Preventing high cholesterol, diabetes,and high blood pressure

Weight Loss Exercise Program

While some people can reduce weight by themselves, others need assistance from a health provider. Working with a practitioner can be beneficial because they can help you design the right exercises for you. He/she may also refer you to a nutritionist dietician to create the right diet plan. Most exercise plans are aimed at reducing 1 to 2 pounds a week.

To gradually increase your physical activity, health experts recommend:

• Walking every day
• Taking stairs instead of the elevator
• Doing errands on foot as much as possible
• Join exercise classes by going to a spa or gym
• Do some strength training exercises

Walking is one of the best ways to exercise. Using a pedometer can motivate you and make physical activity more fun. A realistic goal is walking up to 10,000 steps a day or 5 miles. Once you hit that target, you can aim for a higher daily step count.

As you start to exercise, keep the following guidelines in mind:

• Your ultimate goal is to develop a routine of physical exercise that can be part of your life.
• Use charts that show the number of calories burned in various physical activities.
• Consider exercising at home, bicycling and walking briskly.
• Build up your physical activity slowly until you reach a level that makes you breathe heavily, makes you sweat and increases your heart rate.
• Find a friend to exercise with
• Set realistic expectations.

Exercising alone can only do so much in the fight against obesity. To increase your chances of success, you must also incorporate other strategies. Here are additional ways of fighting obesity.

Change Your Diet

Reducing your intake calories and following healthy eating habits can significantly contribute to weight reduction and obesity management.

Although losing weight the first few weeks of exercise may seem exciting, you’re better of reducing weight slowly and steadily. This is because you can manage the condition better in the long term. Some dietary changes to consider include:

Reducing Calorie Intake

Calculate the maximum number of calories that you should take per day. This gives you the right diet and ensures weight loss occurs without starving yourself. And when you feel hungry, take foods low in carbs, like vegetables.

Community Mobilization

Dieting, exercise, pills,and surgery cannot reverse the obesity crisis. The community must be empowered to help individuals make healthier choices the easiest. It begins with a healthy pregnancy, early childhood healthy feeding, and breastfeeding. Early childhood experiences have significant effect throughout their life.

Therefore, it is crucial for communities to try several things to fight the obesity pandemic. Forty years ago, most people didn’t know how to fight tobacco pandemic, but communities tried different strategies and succeeded. The more things you try, the more you know how you can contribute to and support other people.


Food Marketing To Children

Several studies reveal that food advertising affects kids’ food preferences, diets, choices,and health. Unfortunately, over 80% of advertised and marketed foods to kids are of poor nutritional value.

Food companies must, therefore, improve their nutritional standards and ensure that the food they advertise must be highly nutritious. Encourage your kids to watch cartoon programs that limit unhealthy foods, like Disney World and Ion Media.

Fighting obesity requires multiple approaches. Let no one deceive you that one solution is enough. You need to move past the crash-diet assumption and embrace a lifestyle plan of increased physical activity and healthy eating.

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