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The Honolulu Star Advertiser recently featured an article titled, “Study on exercise finds couch potatoes well rooted.” This article was under the section “To Your Health” on Monday, February 24, 2014. The source was Los Angeles Times, written by Geoffrey Mohan. Mr. Mohan has written an article that includes data and studies that should not surprise you. Americans are stuck in chairs and on the couch, spending eight hours a day with their metabolic engines barely idling, according to data from sensors that scientists put on nearly 2,600 people to see what they actually did all day. The results were not good. According to the study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings obese women averaged about 11 seconds a day at vigorous exercise, while men and women of normal weight exercised vigorously for less than two minutes a day.

As Type 2 Diabetes increases not only in children but adults as well, you can already see the link between a couch potato and this deadly disease Type 2 Diabetes. According to the study’s lead author, Edward C. Archer, a nutrition and obesity researcher at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, “We’ve engineered physical activity out of our daily lives, and that’s causing the health disparities that we have in this country. How you spend your day determines whether you store your food as fat or store your food in your muscle, healthfully.”

Unfortunately, according to Mr. Archer, “For the obese, the study confirms what has been known for some time: They are stuck in a vicious cycle of inactivity and weight gain.”
Here in Hawaii, we’re seeing more obesity in families which leads to Type 2 Diabetes. “Studies have shown that maternal obesity leads to obesity in children. But the lifestyle of all children could use some changes, to keep the cycle of inactivity and obesity from perpetuating itself, Mr. Archer noted.”

Now is the time to make lifestyle changes if we want to see future generations healthy and Type 2 Diabetes-free.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

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