With all of the news coverage on the latest tragedy in America the conversation has been shifted back to gun control. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in the right to bear arms granting me the ability to protect myself and my family. I’ve taken a strong stand in protecting that right. And while I will continue to fight to ensure it is legal that my glock 19 with a surefire X300 weapon light stays on my nightstand, today I want to discuss another incredibly important issue: obesity in America.
Did you know that since the 1970s obesity rates have doubled in this great country? Did you know that obesity is the silent killer that is literally sucking billions of dollars out of our economy in lost wages? It is one of the leading health problems in America. And while experts agree obesity rates have likely peaked, they still aren;t declining.
How Can We Help Fight Obesity?
Setting an example for your children is one of the most important things you can do to make sure we spread a positive message. It doesn’t take a scientist to realize that exercise and diet are the two factors which contribute to this epidemic. For most American’s there is no good excuse. We’re all busy and the economy is lousy. Can’t afford a gym membership? Take up running or buy some simple exercise equipment for your home. For example, a home pull up bar is an excellent place to start. With crunches, pull ups, burpees and pushups you practically have a full body work out.
Once again, setting the example with regards to diet can go along ways. Guess what if they see mom chowing down on an Mars Bar for a mid morning snack and then a Big Mac for lunch they’re going to expect that’s just normal.
I can remember one story of a supporter who was a long time smoker. When he was wife was pregnant he quit cold turkey. I remember asking him if he had ever tried before. His response, “dozens of times but I never had a very compelling reason. My daughter being born into this world was the best reason I could have ever hoped for. I didn’t want her to grow up smoking – I know the statistics, I know I was setting the example”. This is exactly the kind attitude we need to take towards setting an example so the next generation isn’t the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their mom and dad.
Right now approximately 2/3rds of adults in America are obese. That is shocking. 66% of the adults in this country are setting poor examples for their children. They’re teaching them that this is acceptable and the norm when it shouldn’t be.