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August 6, 2012

Think About It: Obesity + The Olympics

Enjoying the Olympics? It's phenomenal, watching athletes from around the world attempting to peak in their respective events- sometimes over many days, sometimes in 10-seconds or less; lots of hard work and sacrifice in order to perform one's specialty on the ultimate world stage. And the rest of us, we sit around consuming these feats of athleticism on TV or on-line as we consume tasty things we probably shouldn't be snacking on for obvious reasons. 

While it would be ludicrous to imagine most people making herculean efforts to get their bodies into world class shape, we all can certainly look to reasonable ways to change habits and avoid the upcoming epidemic that this state and this country is facing- obesity and its related health problems. The obesity rate for kids ages 10-17 in Hawaii is 29%. According to one study I read, overweight kids over the age of six have a 50% chance of remaining overweight into adulthood.

Yes, some groups are more susceptible than others to being overweight or obese, but focusing on lifestyle changes involving what we eat and how much physical exercise we get can make a huge difference. Coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, sleep apnea, pulmonary dysfunction, gall bladder and liver diseases, osteoarthritis- just an all-star list of horrible ailments that can be minimized by proper eating and exercise. And you can control those aspects of your life. Change your lifestyle for a month or so and you can create new habits. It might take an Olympic effort, but the medal you win just might be your life. Think about it…

 

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