About a year and a half ago I started to get serious about control my weight. It’s been a long difficult road, and I’m sure it will continue. According the a BMI Calculator, I am clinically obese. By the look of me you’d say I’m overweight or have a few extra pounds, but clinically…I’m obese.
That was a real eye opener for me as well as having high blood pressure at then age 33 with triple the risk of heart disease. My doctor put me on medication and ordered me to exercise five days a week for at least 30-minutes a day. I’m meeting with my doctor in a couple of weeks for my annual checkup and know that I probably still have high blood pressure.
Exercise is very difficult for me and have rarely done it for the past year. I’ve had another eye opening experience…my older brother just had surgery for a quadruple heart bypass due to some clogged arteries! He is ten or so years older and realize that could be me if I don’t take some serious action to improving my health.
I’m not alone when it comes to being obese. In fact, most Americans are obese, and it has become an epidemic. Next time you go to Wal-Mart take notice of the people around you…you may find there are few and far between who are skinny. I found this video on CDC TV that discusses some of the facts.
Facts About Obesity in America
- 3 out of every 4 children are overweight or obese.
- Obesity is common, serious and costly. In 2009-2010, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) were obese.
- The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are staggering. In 2008 dollars, these costs totaled about $147 billion.
Solutions to Fight Obesity in America
- Eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods, which are higher in fat and sugar.
- Drink more water instead of sugary drinks.
- Everyone regardless of age needs to get the recommended dose of daily physical activity (i.e. exercise)
- Restrict television viewing [and other electronic devices] for children
I’ve been trying to improve my health and lose some weight, but as you may know can be very difficult. Over the last year or so I have been able to lose over 30 pounds, but have since gained about 10 or so back due to my lack of diligence and convenience of the fast food monster.
My primary online business is part of the health and wellness industry and am currently taking a super food blend called NatraBurst. It has over thirty fruits and vegetables in every serving. Adding this to my diet is helping me with some of the nutrition I desperately need. In addition to this, my wife has drastically changed our eating habits and have eliminated dairy and processed food from our home. We are all organic now, for the most part, and are trying to break old habits. I haven’t fully embraced her efforts, but have decided to get on board.
I’m also going to start an exercise program and GET SERIOUS and follow the doctor’s order. It’s not going to be easy to report my failure over the last year, but with failure comes success! I will succeed and become a better me! What are you doing for your health & wellness?
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