In case you live under a rock, I'm here to tell you,
AMERICA HAS AN OBESITY PROBLEM.
Here are a few stats...
- Just over 1/3 of the entire population is obese
- In 2030, it's estimated that 42% of America will be obese. That's almost half.
- 21% of U.S. healthcare expenditures are related to obesity
- $190 BILLION yearly in medical spending as a result of obesity
- An extra $4 BILLION spent per year on FUEL CONSUMPTION due to obesity.
*Heavier people = heavier vehicles = more gas
Here is an article explaining the causes and consequences of being obese:
What is going on here? Why can't people stop getting bigger? If I knew the answer to this, I'd probably be rich. I did come across an interesting article regarding what drives us to eat. Not surprising, television watching, lack of sleep, and alcohol consumption are the top three lifestyles that drive us to eat more.
The reason why I'm telling you this isn't to say "stop watching TV, get more sleep, and quit drinking beer," I'm writing about this with hope that I can make you more CONSCIOUS of your lifestyle. I'm a big believer in everything being okay in moderation, but I'm also a big believer in being conscious of what you are eating.
All too often, we end up eating a bag of chips while watching our favorite reality TV show, or drink a few extra glasses of wine with dinner without even realizing what we're doing.
Would we have eaten the entire bag of chips if we were a little more aware of what we were doing? Probably not.
Anyways, read the article below that outlines the top three things that drive us to eat more. Maybe if we make people more aware of what they're doing, that might slow our obesity rate? Something needs to be done!
Lifestyle Determinants of Eating
Knowledge is power (in case you haven't heard that enough yet).
Just my two cents.