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St. Joseph's Health Connections

Jun 29 2013
Food For Thought

Current research reveals that the prevalence of obesity (BMI > 30) has increased from 14% of adults in the United States in 1980 to 30% in 2000. While there has been an improved focus on healthier eating and increasing physical activity as well as an increased awareness in the dangers of obesity, these rates continue to rise. The fastest growing obesity population is those with a BMI of > 50. That is very scary, especially when you think about the healthcare costs associated with that level of obesity.


So why is this happening? There are many answers to that question. Most Americans have increasing demands at work, which keep them away from home longer. This leads to less time for physical activity and less time to shop and prepare food at home. Don’t forget that we are constantly bombarded with the increasing availability of high fat/calorie foods. While waiting in the checkout line at Baby’s R Us and Best Buy you get to stare at candy for sale! When did that happen?


While changing everything about what you eat seems impossible to most, not to mention difficult to maintain, I believe people can succeed by making small changes. This series of blog posts will be about making small changes and setting goals that we can achieve in the effort to control our weight. Join me in my blog series about making small changes in our daily lives that can break those habits that can lead to obesity.


~ Deb


“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of a window, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time”  - Mark Twain


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