So is this supposed to be news?
Let me just pull out my soap box for a minute.
The U.S. (and some other countries) are obsessed with what the scale says when they step on it in the morning, with little or no regards to other, sometimes detrimental factors.
I'm concerned with individuals who are overweight or obese if they are extrememly inactive, eat foods laden with man made chemicals or foods that are so altered by processing that they contain little resemblance to the original food.
I'm very concerned with parents who hand their children food that comes in boxes, cellophane and zip lock pouches.
I'm concerned about people who go on bullshit weight loss plans like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig who are given "permission" to eat snacks that come prepacked in little bars, crackers, snack cakes, chips, (that cost a ton) when the person would be nutritionally better off and more physically satified if they just went ahead and ate a (god forbid) banana and glass of whole milk. Or ate an avocado, nuts, peanut butter or (gasp) a couple of eggs.
Looking at this link below, you can see that the range of life expectancy in the U.S. by state extends from a low of 75 to 77.2 years, to a high of 80 to 81.3 years.
This means that the person in let's say in Alabama who lives to a little over 77 lives a little less than 2 years of someone who lives in let's say California.
Where I live, in Austin Tx, I MAY live anywhere from 6 months to 2.9 years less than someone who lives in CA.
You know what? I'm willing to forego living an extra 6 months to 3 years than live in CA, or someplace in New England or Minnesota.
It's not about the years, it's the quality. Yes, being overweight can definately contribute to a host of diseases. These diseases come from not the sole factor of the pounds themselves, but as I stated above, the type of foods eaten, and lack of activity.
Numbers can be so easily manipulated to say what you want to say.
For instance, you can read that there are about 600,000 deaths from heart disease in a year, and that is 1 out of 4 deaths. Scary, huh?
Wow, let's work on lowering the deaths by heart disease by 25%....so only 450,000 people die from it each year. Yay! We win!
Not really, when you consider that being overweight is far from being the worst cause of heart disease....that belongs to smoking.
The population of the U.S. is approx 315 million. There are appox 2.5 to 3 million deaths in a year. That's like 1% of the population expected to die in any given year.
Let's say we get everyone on the skinny bandwagon, and save 200,000 lives a year.
You know what that adds up to? Saving a whopping .06% of the population. Not 6%, not .6%, that's point zero 6%. That's if you had 10,000 people, that's 6 people.
Ok, enough of the number crunching, I know you think I'm crazy by this time.
More importantly to me....Do I want to live an additional 6 months to 3 years obsessing about the scale each morning. Worrying about each bite of food, comparing myself to some unrealistic picture of a 16 year old model in a magazine when I'm a 55 year old woman?
You know what? If a person lives a life that gives them joy, and enjoyment of the sensual pleasures of food, screw having to live another 6 months to 3 years eating diet foods from boxes and packets.
The quality of life is what matters. Eating pork rinds and kool-aide, and sitting around on your ass will bring you miserable health, no matter how long you live, or how thin you are.
Eating some ice cream after a meal of quality food, and going out for a walk or swim will bring you happiness, something to look forward to on a regular basis and so what if that comes with extra pounds.
Obsessing over your every bite of food, eating one thing when you really want another will bring you mental stress, longing, and at the most maybe 3 extra years of living in a prison of your own making.
Oh, and let's not forget, being able to fit into those skinny jeans, even though you're a bitch on a bicyle from being deprived of food while you're wearing them.