How Fat is Your State?
Rousseau said, “A feeble body makes a feeble mind.” I think that it is just the opposite based upon the August 3rd CDC report on obesity. One of the key takeaways for the public is that past efforts and investments to prevent and control obesity have not been adequate. In fact, this is where we stand: 72.5 million adults are obese and the annual medical costs related to obesity are as high as $147 billion.
I suspect that the healthcare industry is beginning to realize that it is difficult to tap into the perplexing issue of choice and understand what really compels one to not back away from the chocolate cake. There are things within our power and how we choose to approach the cake is one of them. I recently read an article on how Frenchwomen pass on style from generation to generation and keeping a steady weight is a lifestyle. A bit of perspective about France as a whole, their obesity rates are rising but far lower than the United States.
The CDC report indicates that no single strategy has been determined most effective; I can share with you from personal experience that posting a fat picture on the refrigerator does not work. So, does obesity come down to the side of choice and personal responsibility, only? Let’s be honest, we all forget what we have the power to control. Don’t you think that understanding, empathy and education enable the ability to make great decisions?