One of the greatest gifts we possess as humans is the power to choose, and we use it recklessly. We choose all kinds of things that are horrible for us. This has never been truer than when it comes to our daily nutrition choices. As Americans we have access to the best foods in the world, but unfortunately we also have access to the worst. This is where we take the turn to reckless. Instead of making healthy decisions, we make all kinds of excuses as to why it is easier and cheaper to just go thru the drive-thru and grab a happy meal. Which should be renamed the unhappy meal for the havoc it wreaks on our bodies, but that is for a different conversation.
Based on obesity rate from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) we are the unhealthiest country in the World!
This is extremely sad to me. When I am in public, sometime I just sit and observe the crowds of people. I have determined based on my purely visual study, that 80 percent of the people I see are overweight. I am not saying by any means that everyone needs to be in excellent shape and be able to run a 4 minute mile. What I am saying is that as a society we are out of control. We are growing at an excessive rate.
We will successful bankrupt on healthcare system by eating ourselves to death!
Here are some statistics to wrap you head around. The following statistics are from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
33.8% (1/3) of adults in the USA are obese (for details on how the CDC defines obese visit their website at http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/defining.html)
17% (12.5 Million) children and adolescents (age 2-19) are obese.
These numbers don’t include the millions that are overweight and borderline obese. As a result of these staggering numbers the disease of diabetes is at an all-time high. The American Diabetes Association states that 25.8 million children and adults in the USA have diabetes. They estimate the cost of diabetes on the healthcare system to be $174 Billion Dollars (this dollar amount was based on 2007 statistics). Can you imagine what the 2011/2012 cost will be? $250 Billion? Maybe more?
The sad true is that we can stop this epidemic. We have the power to choose and we MUST start choosing our health over the happy meal.