Don't Forget to Watch the "Weight of the Nation"
Starting May 14th & 15th 2012
Watch It on HBO or Online Here
- More than two out of three U.S. adults are overweight or obese--almost 70%
- During the past 30 years, adult obesity rates have doubled
- Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children ages 2 to 19 has more than tripled, rising to nearly 17%.
What's the definition of overweight? A BMI of 25.0-29.9 (Do the math. Click here to calculate yours)
What's the definition of obesity? A BMI of 30.0-39.9 Over 40.0+ is extremely obese.
What's the definition of a healthy weight? A BMI of 18.5-24.9
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The Lab Rat & I watched Parts 1 & 2 of the HBO documentary "The Weight of the Nation" on Monday & Tuesday nights. We were literally glued to our seats--but, better we should have been standing, or walking in place to burn calories! We can't wait to view Parts 3 & 4 later this weekend.
You won't want to miss this must-see eye-opening documentary. It's television at its best.
Let's hope it will be the tipping point that changes the way we look at the foods we eat--and the importance of exercise. Otherwise, we're digging our graves--physically & economically--as a nation. The price of obesity is more than any person or country can afford!
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Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation: released May 8, 2012 by the Institute of Medicine. (read the report here)
Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese. Left unchecked, obesity’s effects on health, health care costs, and our productivity as a nation could become catastrophic.
The staggering human toll of obesity-related chronic disease and disability, and an annual cost of $190.2 billion for treating obesity-related illness, underscore the urgent need to strengthen prevention efforts in the United States. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the Institiute of Medicine to identify catalysts that could speed progress in obesity prevention.
The Institute of Medicine evaluated prior obesity prevention strategies and identified recommendations to meet the following goals and accelerate progress
- Integrate physical activity every day in every way
- Market what matters for a healthy life
- Make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere
- Activate employers and health care professionals
- Strengthen schools as the heart of health
On their own, accomplishing any one of these might help speed up progress in preventing obesity, but together, their effects will be reinforced, amplified, and maximized.
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