Obesity in America

Has it Become Socially-Acceptable?

Risky behaviors with the potential for negative consequences lurk in the midst of all societies. Cigarettes cause cancer and excessive drinking can result in liver disease. Warnings are posted on consumer labels, public health announcements are made and children around the nation are educated during health class. While the prevalence of these activities has diminished, they have not disappeared. What about obesity? Obesity rates in the United States have dramatically increased to the levels where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese. Why is obesity so prevalent? What can we do to live healthier lives?

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the causes of obesity are numerous and spread throughout our society. The fundamental cause listed is a lack of energy balance—obesity equates to individuals consuming more calories than they are using. Inactive lifestyles, environment, health conditions, emotional factors, age, pregnancy and even lack of sleep all contribute to obesity. But how does our society reinforce these precursors?

Overweight Measuring Tape

Obesity has long been a part of our society. Looking back into the recent past we can recall jovial Hollywood stars such as Chris Farley, John Candy, Drew Carey and John Belushi who brought—and continue to bring—warmth to our hearts. Fast food restaurants litter our street corners with inexpensive meals stocked full of little more than grease and satisfaction. In grocery stores across the nation unhealthy foods, such as soda, are overwhelmingly less expensive than their healthy counterparts. The signs of social acceptance literally jump out at us.

Recent years have brought exponential increases in obesity rates throughout the United States. Using a person’s weight and height a number called the “body mass index” (BMI) can be calculated. In most people this number is directly correlated to their total body fat. An adult with a BMI of 30 or above is considered obese. In Arizona alone, 24.7 percent of adults admitted to being obese! This obesity can translate into serious health conditions such as: Type 2 diabetes, stroke, hypertension, gallbladder disease and even some cancers. It is up you, to fight back against obesity and socially reinforced behavior.

Listed below are a few guidelines for living a healthy lifestyle and lowering your risk of illness and disease.

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Exercise and join a group fitness class you enjoy!
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat healthy foods and cut down of processed foods.
  • Avoid food impulse buys (donuts, chips, etc.) eat some yogurt or grapes instead!
  • Eat small meals throughout the day (eat when hungry, stop when full).

As an industry-leader in air ambulance services Angel MedFlight strives to promote compassionate medical care and healthy lifestyles.  Being available 24/7 to our patient and client base extends beyond professional settings. It is important to exceed our own expectations for medical transport excellence by helping others better every facet of their lives and promote a healthier, more caring world.

For more information regarding Angel MedFlight or our emergency medical flight services, please call 877-264-3570 or visit our website at www.angelmedflight.com.

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