Friday, October 10, 2008
America is fat...week 6
I read a recent article talking about how the obesity rates in America have only gotten worse in the last year. In fact, "more than 25 percent of adults are obese in twenty-eight states, up from nineteen states last year " (America’s Five Fattest). The article also mentions the five states that are the fattest and that have the highest obesity rates along with the five slimiest states. Thank goodness Ohio is one of the top five, however we are not one of the five slimiest states either. I'm assuming we are right in the middle somewhere. This news though is completely depressing in my opinion. I would think that with weight being a major concern over the past year that the rate of obesity would have decreased somewhat or at least flat-lined. Not the case. Perhaps this increase is due to the economy (which is the central cause for everything these days) or maybe it's the fact that everyone is so busy that fast and cheap food is the answer. Nonetheless, this just proves that health and fitness organizations need to step it up to help Americans. One option could be to reduce membership costs or offer sessions to help with diets and exercise. Granted I know a lot of this is already available, so how do these organizations reach Americans? Better PR or how about creating blogs that offer tips on healthy eating and exercising. Whatever the case may be, something must be changed in the next year so that obesity rates decrease!