Imagine a world where one out of two Americans was obese. What would that look like?
According to recent studies, you may not have to look too far. We all try to do our share to keep our waistlines trim as well as stomachs satisfied, yet we continue to see obesity rates rise, and at a higher rate than ever. With already more than one third of the current U.S. adult population being classified as obese, studies are forecasting this number to grow to as high as 42% of the entire population by 2042.
Not only this, but the cost for the U.S. healthcare system to medically provide for those with obesity-related conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, is projected to be approximately $550 billion over the next two decades.
Prevent yourself and the ones you love from being part of this statistic! It’s never too early or late to start. Start by measuring everyone’s’ Body Mass Index (better known as BMI) with this BMI calculator provided by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and aim to have a BMI score lower than 30. Keep a food journal will help you become more aware of your family’s eating habits. Replace foods with high calorie counts with healthier options, like fruits and veggies. And take the family to the park instead of the movies to get some exercise in the day. For more tips, check out our blog for healthy recipes and ideas the entire family would enjoy.
Let’s do our share to fight obesity in America.
Wendy Yu is a digital marketing professional living in New York City. When she’s not using the power of social media to share ideas on how to be more environmentally friendly, she is exploring the city, trying local foods, and learning more about how she can reduce her carbon footprint.
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