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  • A Simple Cure to the Obesity Epidemic

    By Travis Steffen on Sunday, September 27, 2009in Weight Loss  

    images11Over one billion people worldwide are struggling with it. It affects every country, developed or not. It does not discriminate among age groups, ethnicities, the rich, the poor, the educated or uneducated. There is no vaccine. This disease offers numerous health risks, including cardiovascular disease, asthma, sleep apnea, stroke, depression, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis and certain cancers. Scared yet?

    Don’t worry. This disease is completely preventable and treatable. It’s called obesity, and people everywhere are living with it.

    For now anyway.

    The statistics on our increasing weights are alarming and increasing. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that in 2008, 63% of Americans over the age of 20 were overweight, with 34% of them being obese.

    Worse yet, our children are mimicking our poor choices because so many of them aren’t ever taught what a healthy eating plan should consist of. The number of overweight children in our society is consistently increasing. We are now seeing health problems in nine year olds that once were reserved for older adults, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Childhood obesity contributes to depression and low self-esteem, continuing into adulthood.
    It’s not just North America. Obesity is at epidemic proportions worldwide, affecting everyone from those in the Untied States to Zambia, to Paraguay. Many of the overweight and obese are suffering from malnutrition, meaning although they consume an excess of calories, they are still not meeting the minimal nutrient requirements for good health.

    As a society, we have become obsessed with getting more and paying less. Warehouse size bags of potato chips and five pound bags of candies line the shelves of our pantries, while gallons of Hagen Daas await midnight temptation in the freezer.

    Fast food chains entice our growling bellies with their supersize deals. Why not supersize our fries for the same price? Simple fact: supersize fries make supersize guts. We all know this but convince ourselves that it’s okay just this once because the diet starts Monday; and this time we’re serious.

    Once we learn to appreciate quality before quantity, perhaps we’ll fit into the pants that have been hanging in the closet for that ‘one day when’.

    Our lives have become jam packed and our to-do lists get longer everyday. Work, kids, chores, school functions and soccer games are used as excuses to skip breakfast and pop a processed frozen dinner in the microwave at the end of the day.

    The truth is that all of us can find time to eat better and consistently follow a healthy eating plan. We certainly owe it to our children to teach them appropriate eating habits.
    Think of it this way: if you don’t make time in your schedule for proper nutrition and exercise, you’ll have to find time for all those appointments with the cardiologist or oncologist. Harsh? Perhaps. True? Absolutely.

    Your family, your friends and YOU, deserve the chance to maintain a healthy weight and stay active. Someone I love very much used to say “You only get one body. Be good to it, and it will be good to you”. He was right.

    When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, a BALANCED diet is the best (and healthiest) approach. Don’t be tempted by the no-carb, low-carb, cabbage soup or pineapple only type of fad diets! Choose a variety of foods from all the food groups and you can still enjoy some of those no-no’s once in awhile!

    In addition to dieting, a fat loss workout or a few muscle building workouts may not always do the trick.

    To be sure you’re getting the most out of your workouts, let WorkoutBOX Training Programs guide you towards a healthy lifestyle with our highly effective training programs designed by the worlds most knowledgeable trainers!

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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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