“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Tony Robbins
In 2011, the issue of obesity is only growing larger, along with those affected by the disease. In fact, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health has just reported that in the last 15 years, adult obesity rates have nearly doubled in 17 states.
“Two decades ago, not a single state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. Now they all do,” the report states.
Take away the emotional and physical toll that this disease is playing on its’ victims, there is no denying the financial problems that it is bringing to health care.
“[We] need to be addressing those environmental and those policy factors, but at the same time, [we] need to be motivating the country,” Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health states.
An issue that was once low on the priority list, is on its way up, and fast. So what’s the solution, many have wondered? Well, the first step is for us to realize that there is no easy solution. The recent report agrees that we need a wide-net of solutions, including “boosting physical activity in schools, encouraging adults to get out and exercise, broadening access to affordable healthy foods and use of “pricing strategies” to encourage Americans to make better food choices.”
Above all, our society must learn how to take control of our own health. We are the ones who choose Mad Men over spin class and Big Macs over spinach. If we refuse to change these daily habits that are negatively impacting our own life, we will soon be left without one.
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- Obesity rates have risen at least 90% in 17 states since ’95.
- Diabetes rates have doubled in eight states since ’95.
- Mississippi is officially the most obese state at 34.4% of its population.
- Even with the lowest obesity rate 19.8%, Colorado still spends over $1 Billion a year on obesity related health conditions.
- Twenty years ago, 37 states had hypertension rates over 20%. Now, every state has hypertension rates over 20%, with nine over 30%.
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To read the full report, visit http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2011/