Obesity now #1 cause of Heart Disease

Ok.  When I read this yesterday, I couldn’t believe it.  Smoking has always been the leading cause of heart disease, as far back as I can remember.  Now it’s being run down by Obesity.  According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control)  129.6 Americans are overweight or obese. That is a staggering 64% of the population.
That is awful.  It’s awful because its a choice.  Sure, there are some rare instances where people are injured or sick and unable to exercise, or they have some rare thyroid disease, or bad genes.  I get that.  But let’s face it – most people just don’t eat right and exercise.

I read another story yesterday, too.  It’s the most incredible article about weight loss and was SO inspired.  This young mother went from 245 pounds to 120 pounds – ON HER OWN.   She didn’t have Dr. Oz or Dr. Phil’s help.  She didn’t have surgery or pay thousands for weight loss drugs or programs.   She made the choice.  Now, her life is different.  She can leave the house without embarrassment, she can play with her kids, and she is now helping others.  Read her story here: http://www.livestrong.com/blog/blog/betzis-success-story/

An article in Medical News today says:  “In fact, obesity is becoming such a problem that many experts now say it is compromising all the benefits of recent improvements in health care and medical breakthroughs”.  One step forward, two steps back – UGH!

At the end of the day, wellness is a personal choice.  We can introduce you to Supplements, but can’t make you take them.  We can give you a fitness or weight loss programs, but we can’t make you follow them.  We can suggest positive, personal development books, but we can’t make you read them.  If you want your life to be different, YOU have to make a change.  Everyday. Not when you feel like it, or when it’s convenient – every single day.

So many people join gyms, businesses, clubs, sports, etc and get very excited.  Then time goes on…their excitement fades.  How do you keep going?  Get an accountability partner.  Join a team.  Change your mindset and habits – which takes 30 days.  Change your routine, reward yourself for accomplishments, or share your goals with a support system.  Focus on all of the positive benefits to reaching your goals – focus on what it will look/feel like when you do.

Back to weight loss.  It’s not rocket science:  Calories in, calories out.  A bag of chips and Diet soda is not healthy.  Make better choices, get the nutrient you need, and exercise.  If it helps to get on a weight loss program, then do it.

Heart Disease is going to cost the U.S. 314 BILLION Dollars in 2010.  That’s almost a $1,000 per person!  And don’t think you aren’t paying for it, even if you are skinny – you pay for it in taxes, in Health insurance, prescriptions,  and probably other ways.

Time to put down the remote, get off the couch, and on the treadmill.  Let’s make a difference!

To you health and success,

Tara Wilson :)

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One Response to Obesity now #1 cause of Heart Disease

  1. Kat Hudson says:

    I love this post – and how you talk about weight loss, because it really is the reality, it’s just made over complicated by business with big budgets so you will reach in to your pocket! It was funny, the other day I was watching a kids show with Jessee and the message was to get more energy you need to eat better food and exercise – if it can be explained to a 5 year old in such a simple context – an adult should get it because it really is that basic! thanks for sharing your wisdom!


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