Monday, August 15, 2016

100% of Us Overweight by 2048

Could it be true? Could every American be overweight or obese in 34 years? Will "normal" weight and thin people be extinct?

If obesity trends continue, almost nine out of every ten Americans will be overweight or obese by 2030, and there will be no more thin or normal weight people at all by 2048, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health published in the July issue of Obesity.

Consider what this means, not only for you but for us. Nearly everyone will be diabetic and dependent upon pharmaceuticals for survival. Cancer and heart disease rates, already high, will be much higher. Sports will be a thing of the past. That's right, no more football, basketball, baseball. There will be no one left able to play. How do we as a society, in the dawning age of single payer, universal "healthcare", afford to pay for this?

None of this is inevitable. Obesity is not genetic. Its habitual. Our massive diet, poor nutrition and lack of anything resembling physical exercise is the culprit here. This is not happening to us. We are doing it to ourselves. When you can walk into Applebee's  and order an appetizer (Build Your Sampler) with 3,390 calories, 65 grams of saturated fat and 11,700mg of sodium (5 days worth!), its no wonder we are all getting fat. And that is before the entree arrives.

Its time we stopped making excuses and started making an effort.