Is America Physically Fit?
The stomachs of America have, once again, made world headlines with the biggest appetites. United States ranks as the world’s heaviest, among developed nations, with an obesity rate that doubles of many European countries. Mr. and Mrs. XXXL have created a recognizable growing stir for starting the trend of sagging waistlines. In fact, they’ve undeniably made the top National Crisis List, where drug-abuse and drunk-driving are. This brings to my attention that America is not physically fit, and we as citizens must come together and stop what the doctors call an “epidemic” from reaching every far-end corner of this country.
Obese and overweight. They’re two similar-sounding words, with 2 vastly-different meanings. With the terms often confused with each other, large people may be called the rather sensitive “obese”, and spark up fire. Being overweight means when your body has a bit more of body fat than is healthy, but being obese basically means your weight is made up of excessive fat.
Either way, both terms have the Americans panicking with their physical fitness state. Fully two-thirds of Americans (about 67% percent) are officially overweight, according to TIME Magazine. Another 31% are categorized with the life-threatening disease of obesity. The number of adult obesity rates has nearly doubled between the period of 1980 to today, and more health researchers are criticizing the shape America has taken on today.
Child obesity is something else with red flags to look out for. More than 1/3 of young Americans do not participate in regular exercise, a serious defect if to have a healthy lifestyle. Consequences of only a little physical activity participation are 61% of kids ages 5 -10 have at least one heart disease-causing factor, and an additional 26% have more than 3 heart disease-causing factors. Critically-acclaimed Surgeon General Richard Carmona characterized this threat in these sobering words:
“Because of the increasing...