Anyone can manipulate statistics and the experts can postulate what they want. Because no one actually counts each person, no one has exact figures. Nevertheless, from the CDC come these figures.
From 1985 to 2010, the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. In 2010, no state’s obesity rate of less than 20%. Thirty-six states were 25% or more; 12 of these states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia) were 30% or more.
Looks like mostly the South falls into the over 30% category—except Georgia, although I’m not helping Georgia. The statement says that this is a “dramatic increase.” Obesity is becoming one of the leading health problems. Obesity causes so many health issues, but they categorize those issues in other categories. Obesity causes joint problems, but joint problems are part of a separate category.
Is there anything we can do about these statistics? No, yes, and maybe are the possible answers. Select one.
No, I can’t change other people. I can write blogs, articles, and pray, but I have no direct control over anyone. Yes, I have control over one person and that’s me. Right now, I’m a part of the problem. My goal is to become part of the solution—lose weight. It can’t be legislated; it is people taking personal responsibility for their weight and consequently their health.
Will the statistics go down in the next 20 years? Maybe, but I’m not too optimistic. The same mindset that brought us this far is still prevalent and unlikely to change. That means more obesity and more obesity-related health issues. The future seems bleak. Yet there is always hope. We can change things one person at a time starting with us.