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- Why Are We Obese?: How to Stop the Epidemic
Why Are We Obese?: How to Stop the Epidemic
I’ve spent the past few months in the United States, back in my home country. And I knew what it would be like, sort of, after about a year away. I knew there would be excess, in both money and food servings. I knew I would have to drive (gasp!) nearly everywhere due to lack of public transportation. I knew that I would be able to go to the corner gas station and (legally) purchase a 72 ounce Coca Cola with something like seven hundred calories in it, for approximately a dollar. I knew that. (Of course, this wasn’t anything I planned on doing. Rather, I shook my head grimly at the idea. But these aren’t signs of a European country. These are signs of a country that is allowing their residents to become obese–for nearly free. What’s up with that, anyway?)
And still, people offer me the question: why are we obese?
Let’s look at the facts.
According to the Campaign to End Obesity, the United States is in a current obesity epidemic. Approximately two-thirds of all adults and one-third of all children are either overweight or obese due to sedentary lifestyles and poor nutritional choices.
Note further that if the obesity epidemic continues, no less than half of the population will be obese in fifteen years. Not just overweight. Obese. In less than two decades.
Essentially, obesity rates are skyrocketing.
But why are we obese?
We are obese because “we,” as a population, eat approximately thirty-one percent more calories each day than we did in the 70’s. Note that 3,500 calories equates one pound of body fat. Therefore, if you are meant to eat only 2,000 calories per day, but you tack on that extra 30 percent each day, how many extra calories are you consuming per day?
600 calories. After just six days of this extra thirty percent, you gain a pound. With thirty days in the month, you’re meant to gain five pounds per month, on average.
That means you’re nearly consuming another extra 72 ounce of Coca Cola from your local gas station, every single day. You’re consuming the equivalent of six apples. Six great bowls of corn flakes. Something like three boneless, skinless chicken breasts. EXTRA. On top of what you should be eating per day.
The Answer to “Why Are We Obese” Gets Even Stranger
No one is exercising. No one is even moving around, anymore, ever. In Europe, I walked everywhere. I felt the sun on my face (or the rain). I felt my legs stretch over the sidewalk. And everyone around me walked alongside, as well. These people walked tall and sturdy. Even the oldest woman down the block left her apartment every single day, walked down the crooked steps, and found her way to the boulangerie to buy a baguette. She would not–would not!–accept sitting around all day, barely being able to walk, as an excuse for not leaving her apartment.
And yet, as Americans, we aren’t moving at all. In the early 70’s, half of all the American schoolchildren walked or biked to school. Today, that number is as low as fourteen percent.
Furthermore, most children do not receive daily exercise at school. If the schools do not provide it, the children do not understand its importance. What’s more: parents don’t support exterior exploration (outside the realms of computer and television). As such, the children do not leave their couches, they do not run, and they do not bike. They don’t exercise their bodies as readily as their minds, and they fall into a state of obesity.
Note that further, an alarming fifty percent of all American adults do not get the appropriate amount of physical activity per day. Surely, this rush-around mentality of flying to work, working ten hours per day, shoving food into our mouths, and then collapsing in a heap in front of the couch on which our children are perched, watching more and more television, is not leaving us with a world of opportunity to strengthen our physical abilities.
But we have to try. We have to reverse everything. The nation’s greater health–both economically and physically–is at stake.
Why We Must Answer the “Why Are We Obese” Situation with the Paleo Diet
Essentially, the obesity epidemic is incredibly expensive. It’s costing the United States over two hundred billion dollars per year in health care costs. Furthermore, approximately twenty percent of all medical costs in the United States, every day and every year, are a result of obesity.
A “Why Are We Obese” Call to Action
The Paleo diet doesn’t allow the twentieth and twenty-first centuries’ views on “nutrition” to alter its ways. Instead, it continually looks to proteins and healthy fats to help rev your metabolism, heal your interior intestines, help you age well, and, at the end of the day, fuel yourself with healthful nutrition. Yes, it completely obliterates what you “think” you know about health, via the Food Guide Pyramid.
But since nothing else is really working, why not try out my Free 7-Day Diet Plan and see how you feel?
I can guarantee you’ll feel less sluggish, revving with greater energy, and filled with more ambition to get out and strip off your obesity.
Let’s change the future. Good luck in the days ahead.