The obesity epidemic in the United States is far more than just a cosmetic issue. In a country loaded with fast food, heaping platters of fried carbs and less and less physical activity, it’s no wonder so many Americans are diagnosed with diabetes and heart diseases as early as their early 30’s.
An annual report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has found that Mississippi is the fattest state at 34.4 percent obese and Colorado the smallest with 19.8 percent. According to Reuters, “Today, the state with the lowest adult obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995.”
Over the last 16 years, obesity rates have raised the fastest in Oklahoma, Alabama and Tennessee, while they have increased the least in Colorado, Connecticut and Washington D.C. Seven states have doubled their obesity rates, and 10 have doubled diabetes rates.
Obviously the food industry needs an entire overhaul if we ever expect the situation to change. Jamie Oliver is making some excellent efforts in doing this with school children and parents – some of the most impressionable citizens who still have a chance to learn about how to eat healthily.
What can the rest of us do to limit our unhealthy eating practices? How about going vegetarian just once a week! Aside from the health standpoint, you’ll save money by spending less on meat. I’ve gone back and forth on vegetarianism, and one reason I hopped back into it for a while was because of how much money I saved.
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the aisles. The perimeter contains the fresh veggies, meats and deli options, while the inside aisles contain boxed and processed foods, sugary cereals and high-sodium pre-made dinners. Worried about the cost? Purchase bulk bags of rice, bags of fresh frozen chicken, and large bags of spinach. Whole wheat pasta and all-natural sauce are inexpensive and will give you plenty of meals at an incredibly low price.
Multitask by doing 2 or 3 laps around the store at a rapid pace and get in a bit of exercise. Bonus points if it’s crowded and you get 5 dirty looks by jerks who leave their carts in the way of everyone.
Do you have any tips to make healthy eating and shopping easier?
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