July 15, 2010
Folks, what we have here is an epidemic.
One in every four people in the state of Illinois is obese. Not overweight, not chubby, not plump…obese.
The new report, “F as in Fat,” was issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health—and contains policy recommendations, aimed primarily at coordinating the government’s response to the epidemic.
“The movement to reverse the epidemic is gathering force but we are not yet seeing measurable improvement,” said James Marks, MD, and Senior Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “At the national level, it looks like the rise in childhood obesity has leveled off. We’re hopeful that these first signs will be sustained or that we will start to see the numbers turn downwards.”
Why are we obese? Let's count the ways –
Mom and Dad, McDonald’s, Burger King, Harold’s, Wendy’s, White Castle, lack of exercise, etc.
To make matters worse, (possible?) the “friendly” store on the corner is catering to our needs. They have everything we want to buy – candy, cookies, potato chips, pop, gum, etc.
Never mind selling wheat or oat bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and poultry, real juice, whole grain cereals, and real dairy products. We aren’t asking for these items, so they’re not selling these items.
In addition, we aren’t shopping at any of the farmers’ markets throughout the city; nor bicycling, swimming, running, or even walking, especially to a destination that doesn’t require us to drive our car.
Ever hear of Type II Diabetes? You didn’t before 1960. You also didn’t hear of cancer killing in droves like today. HIV/AIDS? Please.
We must start eating well. We must exercise. Why are our kids indoors - in the summer? Our children and grandchildren should not be sitting in front of a television or computer game for hours because we are too lazy to go out and play with them or send them out on their own to play with others. They deserve better. We know better.
I have been to too many funerals lately where the deceased has been 60 years old and younger due to heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma and stroke. This does not compute.
One in four people in Illinois are obese. This is sad.