Obesity: Live or Die..It’s YOUR Choice!

Humans make simple decisions in life every second of every day: What am I doing for lunch? What TV show am I going to watch at 9 pm? Black pen or blue pen? 15% tip or 20%? Capt’n Crunch or Frutie Loops? As obvious or simple as they may seem, it’s these choices that can decided whether we live or die.

You would think that if someone is severely over weight, has border line or full-blown diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and hypertension (or any combination) that the decision to eat right and exercise would be an easy one to make. I mean let’s get real, the decision to eat right and be healthy should be easier than deciding to breathe or not. Because if you don’t eat right and exercise, you won’t be breathing at all. But basically, MILLIONS of Americans every day choose to stay obese and consciously make the decision to shorten an already short life.

So what does it mean to be Obese?

In general terms, Medical experts define a person as Obese when he/ she is more than 20 pounds (of FAT not muscle) over their ideal weight. Once a person reaches the 30 lb mark, they must be labeled obese.

An article on Examiner.com states that:

The World Health Organization (WHO) is already labeling obesity with two terms- a “chronic disease” and “escalating global epidemic” and estimates that by 2025, the number of people with diabetes will reach 300 million- a staggering 122 percent increase in less than 30 years.

Healthyamericans.org recently found in their 2010 Obesity Report and I quote, “Obesity is related to MORE than 20 major chronic diseases. Currently, one in three adults has some form of heart disease, more than 80 million Americans have type 2 diabetes or are pre-diabetic, and obese children are more than twice as likely to die prematurely before the age of 55 compared with healthy-weight children”.

Here are the findings from the 2010 Obesity Report:

Adult Obesity Rates and Trends (2007-2009)

  • Adult obesity rates rose in 28 states over the past year. Only D.C. experienced a decline in adult obesity rates. More than two-thirds of states (38) now have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. Eight states have rates above 30 percent – Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. In 1980, the national average of obese adults was 15 percent.
  • Adult obesity rates rose for a second year in a row in 15 states, and rose for a third year in a row in 11 states. Mississippi had the highest rate of obese adults at 33.8 percent. Colorado had the lowest rate at 19.1 percent and is the only state with a rate below 20 percent.
  • Obesity and obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension continue to remain the highest in the South. Except for Michigan, the top 10 most obese states in the country are all in the South. In addition, 10 of the 11 states with the highest rates of diabetes are in the South, as are the 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension and physical inactivity. Northeastern and Western states continue to have the lowest obesity rates.
  • Adult diabetes rates increased in 19 states in the past year. In eight states, more than 10 percent of adults now have type 2 diabetes.
  • The number of adults who report that they do not engage in any physical activity rose in 12 states in the past year. Two states and D.C. saw a decline in adult physical inactivity levels.
  • Adult obesity rates for Blacks and Latinos are higher than those for Whites in nearly every state. Adult obesity rates for Blacks are greater than or equal to 30 percent in 43 states and D.C. In nine states, the rates exceed 40 percent. Adult obesity rates for Latinos are greater than or equal to 30 percent in 19 states.
  • There is a very strong correlation between adult obesity rates and socioeconomic status. Among individuals earning less than $15,000 per year, 35.3 percent were obese compared to 24.5 percent of adults earning $50,000 or more per year.
  • Among adults who did not graduate from high school, 33.6 percent were obese compared to only 22 percent of adults with a college degree.

Child and Adolescent Obesity Rates and Trends (2007)*

  • More than one-third of children ages 10–17 are obese (16.4%) or overweight (18.2%). State-specific rates ranged from a low of 9.6 percent in Oregon to a high of 21.9 percent in Mississippi. Eight states, plus D.C., have childhood obesity rates greater than 20 percent: Arkansas, Georgia ,Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of obese children are in the South, as are nine out of  the 10 states with the highest rates of poverty.

I can sum up all these “stats” in one simple statement…If you are overweight/ Obese…You’re killing yourself and in turn, you’re probably killing your children as well. And if you are thinking that obesity can be traced back to a recurring diseases, you’re right. From Wikipedia

Medical illnesses that increase obesity risk include several rare genetic syndromes (listed above) as well as some congenital or acquired conditions: hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, growth hormone deficiency,[103] and the eating disorders: binge eating disorder and night eating syndrome.

Certain medications may cause weight gain or changes in body composition; these include insulin, sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones, atypical antipsychotics, antidepressants, steroids, certain anticonvulsants (phenytoin and valproate), pizotifen, and some forms of hormonal contraception.[2]

So obviously I’m not talking to those who have one of those conditions or are taking a medication that can increase your weight.

But for everyone else, if you want to die young then that’s your choice. Just don’t go suing McDonald’s cause you ate a double quarter pounder 5 times a week and developed heart disease. You made that decision and you’re going to have to live with the consequences….which is an early departure from this earth. There are some very simple ways to avoid being overweight/ obese. Eating right and daily exercise is a terrific place to start. And by making these extremely simple choices you can prolong life by YEARS.

At the end of the day. it’s your choice to either Live or Die. For once, try making the easy decision.

Be well,

Lyell

 

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