Although fast food restaurants are trying hard to keep their business with low calorie, low fat options, America is still Obese. Even with an increase in exercise, the population is still over weight and the obesity rate is unchanged from 2008 to 2009.
The U.S. health experts recommend doing at least 1 hour of activity per day to maintain your weight and ward off disease.
The CDC (Center For Disease Control) has some fascinating stats that might make you want to hit that treadmill more frequently! Read and be amazed!
- The prevalence of obesity among adults aged 20 and over has increased from 19.4 percent in 1997 to 28 percent in 2009.
- In 2009, 9 percent of adults 18 and over had diabetes, up from 8.2 percent in 2008 and 5 percent in 1997.
- 20.6 percent of adults smoked, about the same as in 2008.
- Nearly 23 percent of adults had at least one day of binge drinking in 2009, defined as having five or more drinks in a day.
- Most Americans believe they are healthy. More than 66 percent said they had excellent or very good health, down from 68.5 percent in 2008. 2.4 percent said they had poor health.
- Just over 4 percent of all Americans said they had an asthma attack in the past year.
When it comes to health people make little lies to themselves about how healthy they are. Everything is relative, people think they are healthy because they compare themselves to others who are 5 times worse then they are. Since more then 50 % of American’s are technically “Unhealthy” you can’t compare to your neighbor. Use yourself as your own gauge of health. Use “baby steps” of change and small goals to push you to YOUR next level.