If we don’t know there’s a problem then we don’t know that it needs to be fixed. The statistics on this page reveal a problem, but they are not meant to scare you or threaten you. Their only purpose is to help you understand why championing a healthy lifestyle is so important. If you’ve got a couple minutes, read through this list and honestly think about whether you’ve fallen prey to any of these unhealthy habits. (Don’t be shy. Recovering couch potatoes are in good company here!) I’ll share some good news with you at the end.
- More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese – by 2030, half of U.S. adults are expected to be obese
- Approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese, 70% of these children will become obese adults
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancer
- Regular exercise can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers
- Only 1 in 5 adults meets the physical activity guidelines of 2.5 hours each week
- Children should be active for 60 minutes or more each day
- On average, children spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen
- The typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake levels by extra calories from solid fats and added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat
- Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of total daily calories for 2-18 year olds
- About 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet
- Reducing the sodium Americans eat by 1,200mg per day could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs
You get the idea. Making unhealthy choices has real consequences and none of them are good. So what’s the good news? The good news is that you and I can be part of the solution by developing healthy habits, one at a time.
I’ve got some ideas on how to accomplish this – without the stress you’re already fearing – and I’d like to share them with you. So stick around The Fitness Grapevine and we’ll work together to reverse the trends these statistics show.
If you’d like to take a more personal approach and want to sign-up for a custom fitness plan, please contact The Fitness Grapevine. It would be an honor to help you reach your goals and see you become a healthy champion – a Fit Grape – too.
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