I was in my statistics when our teacher showed us the predicted obesity rates until 2030. The paper showed a model and trend of the predicted obesity rates until 2030. And my, oh, my, how horrible! Over 60% of America is predicted to be obese by 2030. I’m glad that they are trying to show people how bad it will be, but that does not mean people are going to change their habits by seeing a statistic in the paper.
I think this shows that there should be some serious changes in the food industry. But what can people do? The only way to be fit and healthy is have a healthy lifestyle. They choose what they want and they eat what they want. America has the opportunity to eat as little as they want or as much as the want without a limit. Americans want what they want, quality and quantity are the two large factors that come into play. Thinking at the margin may be “too much of a good thing” for our waist lines…
The article I read spoke about the numerous illnesses that are resulted from obesity; from type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, strokes, and many others. The costs of health care will surely rise, and businesses are now starting to show an interest in preventive medicine. If businesses are able to maintain healthy employees with free gym memberships, nutrition and fitness counseling, health insurance will decrease. But right now, at the rate America is going, health care is will keep rising due to the obesity epidemic.
Obesity rates in adults have doubled from 15% in 1980 and in children, the rates have tripled. It makes me so upset to see this because I think parents are partly to blame in this area. Kids should be educated on proper nutrition, or they will not know how to maintain a healthy life style. I remember they taught us the food pyramid in second grade, but that diagram is just out of whack. People don’t need all the grains and meat that it incorporates in the biggest section of the pyramid. We need large amounts of greens, veggies, fruit, and protein to maintain a healthy body weight. From those four areas, people can obtain enough vitamins, minerals that will stabilize a healthy weight. One of the reasons why I’m so excited for my future is so I can create programs to educate children and parents on nutrition to create healthy lifestyles!
Many articles I read about obesity incorporate the relation of education and income. When people have a lower education, they typically have higher obesity rates; compared with people who graduate from a college. It’s sad to see that healthy meals cost more, when fast food is so cheap and unhealthy. Furthermore, the obesity and poverty connection on fitness shows that poor neighborhoods have fewer playgrounds, sidewalks, and other services that influence exercise.
With awareness of obesity, will America and business begin to change its ways? Will fruit and veggies become cheaper so the cost of health care goes down? When will education on nutrition and fitness become a core subject for the health of America? What healthy choices can make today, to benefit tomorrow? It’s definitely a team project, and necessary to complete, but its up to us to change these predictions of 2030.