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By Nickol Enns Beckemeier
Forget obsessing over child
obesity; let’s discuss obesity in
adults for a moment, shall we?
According to ABC news, 103
million American adults will be
obese by the year 2018. Let me
rephrase that another way: 43
percent of American adults are
estimated to be obese in less than
20 years.
Not mildly overweight, not a
little pudgy, not thick- boned,
but obese. If this doesn’t scream
“adults make bad personal
decisions when it comes to food,
exercise, and health,” I honestly
don’t know what does.
America spends so much time and
energy telling education systems
to teach children and youth the
importance of a healthy diet and
exercise, when the real issue of
obesity seems to lie inside
American homes.
Schools can provide a healthy
lunch and get kids outside for
recess Monday through Friday,
but that isn’t going to do a whole
lot of good when the child goes
home and eats fast food for
dinner, combined with fatty
snacks and hours upon hours
in front of the tube or on
the computer.
And why is there so much
pressure on the obese children?
Monkey see, monkey do, right?
What are the adults’ excuses?
For starters, let me state that,
yes, there are a few unusual
circumstances where adults may
be permanently injured, or may
have a serious illness that
prevents them from being able to
maintain a healthy body weight,
and for those few, obesity must be
a terrible side effect of it all.
However, if we are honest with
ourselves as a society, that is not
generally the case.
Sure, we could sit down and make
up a mile long list of excuses as to
why we are overweight. Such as,
I work long days and between
cooking, cleaning and taking care
of the kids, or taking night
classes, I just do not have the time
to exercise.
You might be too busy to exercise,
but should you have really eaten
the doughnuts and mocha latte for
breakfast, followed by M&M’s for
a snack, pizza for lunch and three
or four sodas to keep you awake?
Obviously, no. But is this usually
the case? Yes.
We could also blame technology
because, let’s face it, all the fun
things to do involve staring at a
screen; whether that be a computer
screen, movie screen, television
screen or cell phone screen. The
media push these devices so much,
it’s easy to blame advertisers for us
spending so much time and energy
“plugged in,” instead of outside or
in the gym.
And how could we forget
prescription medication, the
fastest growing excuse in America.
“Well see, I have (insert random
social disorder here), and therefore,
the medicine I am prescribed keeps
me from feeling well enough to
exercise and causes me to overeat.”
Now medicine can in fact do this
to people, but do we really need
all the medications that the
pharmaceutical companies seem to
think we do? Are we all really that
depressed and unable to handle
life? And if so, shouldn’t we learn
to take the pain along with the
pleasure in life instead of going all,
“Brave New World,” on ourselves?
Now, I realize that I am thin, but
I am thin because of personal
choices that I make every day.
As a general rule, I try not to snack
between meals, and I eat everything
in moderation. I also work out at
least four times a week.
Rolling to our graves
editor in chief
Patrice Basso
managing editors
Dani Moritz
Jason Rose
news editor
Molly Dougherty
features editor and
entertainment editor
Brooke Thibodaux
design editors
Frankie Hart
Meghan Greenwalt
photo editor
Aaron Griffin
Do I go to the gym every time?
Of course not. Who honestly likes
working out around a bunch of
tan, Jersey Shore-looking
meatheads? But I do go on walks
with my friends, go hiking, jog in
the park and occasionally make
it to a yoga class or two.
It’s all about personal choices.
Am I a model? Heck no! I just
don’t want to be gasping for air
after walking up a fight of stairs
and I’d like to ft comfortably in
an airline seat when I fy home for
the holidays.
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