Over the years, talk about weight and obesity in this country has become a popular topic. There are countless fad diet programs coming and going yet they don’t seem to be helping matters much. It is estimated that over 65 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese and more than 61 million obese adults.
However, adults aren’t the only ones affected. Children have been getting heavier too. Since the 1970’s the number of overweight children and teens has doubled. About 16 percent of children and teens are overweight (according to the US Department of Health and Human Services).
Being overweight has long-term consequences for both children and adults. It is linked to type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other conditions. Type 2 diabetes used to be rare in children yet now it is responsible for up to 45 percent of newly diagnosed cases. Children that are overweight then they are in danger of being overweight or obese as adults.
This is a growing concern among health professionals and Americans in the United States and measures need to be taken. Steps are already being made with new government initiatives such as, “We Can!” Hopefully the more people know the better decisions they will make. As a society we need to slow down, stop cutting the basics out, and learn to enjoy life by being healthy.
Reading food labels, eating the right amount and kinds of food, and getting physically active are key in obtaining a healthy weight and maintaining it.