Obesity is a factor in 1:5 deaths in the United States.
I'm normally a very emotional person and the way to get my attention is through my heart; however, sometimes I need whacked over the head with some hard core facts.
Obesity can be a direct factor in the following potentially very serious diagnosis: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers.
The good news is that unlike many of the health crisis we face, research has identified three key reasons why we struggle with being overweight.
Three key modifiable risk factors to obesity are lack of physical behavior, sedentary behavior and diet.
The word MODIFIABLE screams out at me from that sentence. I remember my doctor telling me that he sees three factors in my life causing my high blood pressure - family history (Can't change that!), stress due to being a caregiving spouse with two young children and a full-time job (Difficult to change that!) and basic lifestyle choices leading to my being overweight (Totally have control over that!).
Research shows that staying active and making healthy food choices directly lowers your chances of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancers.
For me, it is very motivating to know that I have some control in my health. I want to live a long and active life with my children. I want to be around to encourage them and annoy them and experience life with them for many many years. I can't control my family history. I can't control if I will be hit by a bus. I CAN control if I eat 2 Oreos or the entire pack in one sitting. I CAN control if I lay on the couch or go for a walk. I CAN control if I pack carrots for my lunch or hit the vending machine because I'm craving something crunchy. I CAN control if my family watches a movie or goes out to play tennis.
Healthy choices - it's truly as simple as that!
Information from the National Institute of Health website.