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Thursday, November 22, 2007

The epidemic of obesity

It was on MSN.COM where I found this article about a survey concerning the level of physical activity of Americans. The respondents to this survey report that their level of physical activity has risen from 2001 to 2005 by small measures. You wouldn't notice this if you see that the number of Americans who are considered obese is on the rise.

It doesn't take a whole lot of intelligence to see the root cause of this epidemic of obesity. Schools are cutting back on the money used for physical education programs. Kids are spending more time playing video games and surfing the Web. People love their cars and feel that they have to drive everywhere when they could get where they are going just as well riding a bicycle or walking, not to mention the price of gasoline.

The real culprit here is our so-called need to drive. Crash diets don't work. What we need for people to lose weight is a complete lifestyle change. Yes, this will mean occasionally giving up the daily commute by car. If your daily commute to work (or school) is less then 10 miles, you can get there in plenty of time riding a bike. I found a great blog with tips on bicycle commuting here. Some people will say that they are too fat to pedal a bike. The truth is they are fat because they don't pedal. WAKE UP AND GET OFF YOUR BUTTS PEOPLE! Don't blame McDonalds, Krispy Kreme, or Burger King because you ate too much. That people are obese is their own fault, not that of society.

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