One of my good friends lend me a Newsweek article about the Obesity epidemic in our Nation. I think I live in somewhat of a bubble when it comes to eating. Growing up my family was always on the healthier side, my mom has been eating veggies and salads as long as I can remember. We had a family farm that provided us with fresh produce, and dairy products. I was always an environmentalist at heart, so when I started learning more at school about the meat industry and everything that came with it, I stopped eating meat. And now that I have my own family I pay extra-attention to what I feed my girls, and go the extra mile to get the healthiest options available. So I think I have always been on the health wagon, not really paying much attention to what everyone else was eating. But after reading this article I was completely blown away by the truth of what the regular person eats on a regular day.
Here are some stats on that:
- The Coast Guard now assumes the average boat passenger weighs 185lbs, up from 160lbs in place since 1960.
- More than a quarter of all Americans age 17-24 are unqualified for military service because of their weight.
- The university of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital has replaced wall mounter toilets with floor models that can hold at least 250 lbs.
- About $5 billion more is spent every year in the jet fuel needed to flu Americans, compared with 1960 weights.
Scary, isn’t it. Change your diet, change your life.