The obesity trend is up in nearly every state, in every ethnic group and in the rich and in the poor, according to a report designed to help the government measure behavioral risks among adults. The recommendations to reduce obesity go beyond the individual’s responsibility and instead focus on what employers and the government need to do to make it easier for people to eat healthier and exercise.
Waistlines keep expanding in 31 states
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Dr. Diet weighs in:
This article makes some excellent points such as if we’re telling people to walk more, their streets need to be more safe or if we’re telling people to eat more fruits and vegetables, they need to have supermarkets in their neighborhoods where reasonably-priced produce is available. I also like the idea that employers need to give incentives to their employees to join health clubs by subsidizing their health club memberships.
Sometimes it helps to take a few moments to look beyond what you are doing to lose weight and get healthier and think about what your state, community and schools are doing.
If you need safer places to walk around your neighborhood or better lighting at night, talk to your local government. If your school vending machines are still filled with unhealthy, high calorie snack foods, talk to your school board. If you have an employer with a benefits office, talk to them about subsidizing your health club or weight management program memberships.
Human resource managers know that if their employees can lose weight, they’ll have less time off from work and will have less obesity-related illnesses that drive up health insurance costs. It really can be a win-win situation for both of you; someone just has to begin the dialogue.