Well it appears that obesity is not just an American problem any more. The World Health Organization (WHO) this past week announced that Europe’s teen population is at risk with about a third of them heavier than recommended. To blame? You guessed it, lack of exercise and “a culture that promotes cheap, convenient foods high in sugars, fats and salt,” stated WHO’s regional director, Zsuzsanna Jakab.
The good news here at home is that children under the age of 5 have seen a 43% decrease in obesity rates over the past 10 years according to the Centers for Disease Control. No specific reason can be found, but health experts theorize that fewer calories are being consumed, more women are breastfeeding, and campaigns such as the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” is having an impact.
Unfortunately, what we didn’t hear from that CDC report was that obesity rates for the other age groups were either unchanged or have increased. Americans in the 12 to 19 year old age group, for example, saw an increase from 17.4% to 20.5%; 40 to 59 year olds also increased from 36.8% to 39.5%; and women over 60 increased from 31.5% to 38.1%. These are not good stats.
I guess it’s good that the toddlers are catching on. Maybe taking the cookies away from the Cookie Monster is doing some good. The rest of us, though, have some serious work to do.
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Also, check out the FREE workshops coming up in March by clicking on the attached Calendar of Events. One not listed is a MEAL PLANNING seminar, which will be offered on Friday, March 21st at 12 noon here in the Fitness Center by our very own Registered Dietitian, Susan Steelman. Call 878-6221 to reserve a seat or two.