Today, too many people die from health-related issues due to obesity.
Although obesity has been around for years, the problems associated with being overweight have never been more prevalent as they are today.
In a recent ad created by a Swedish Health Organization, Stephen Hawking says “today, too many people die from complications related to overweight and obesity”. Before you read any further, I encourage you to watch this 60 second video and hear from Stephen Hawking himself.
Do you want to know how real this problem is? Let’s make it real for you:
- More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
- More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
- More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
- About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese.
- More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.
These statistics come directly from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Did you find these statistics to be eye-opening? Yeah, me too.
Think back to your childhood and what you did for fun. For me, it was playing outside until it got dark, or until mom yelled my name. I couldn’t wait to get home from school so I could throw my book bag in my room and run outside to play with friends. Today, it is no secret that physical activity has taken a back seat to video games and iPads. Overweight and obesity rates continue to rise, while sedentary lifestyles continue to dominate many lives.
What’s the solution? How can you attack and fight obesity?
Here are 3 simple ways:
1) Get more physical activity – do 5 jumping jacks, take your dog for a walk, sit less at work, exercise at home, take up a yoga class…the options are endless. The reason many people are afraid of physical activity is because they think of it as a chore. If you don’t like lifting weights, then don’t! Do something that you enjoy doing, not something that you see as an inconvenience. When you start partaking in physical activities that you enjoy doing, getting more physical activity won’t be a problem. My online fitness community can help you get started! We run 7 day fitness challenges twice a month, with participation from people all over the world.
2) Start monitoring your nutrition – this topic alone is worth a full article (comment below if that would interest you). You have likely heard the phrase that “abs are made in the kitchen”, which really means you can’t outwork a bad diet. With so many food options at your fingertips, it can be easy to indulge in the foods that offer little to no nutritional value. Go look at your cupboards right now, and let me know if you have any: cookies, pasta, health bars, pop tarts, cereals or anything else in a box (seriously, comment below and let me know what you found)!
On a daily basis, these are the types of foods that you need to begin reducing from your diet. Focus on foods that provide you with vitamins and nutrients that your body can benefit from. When it comes to obesity, Stephen Hawking says “its not rocket science”. Focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, fish, eggs, and lean meats.
3) Surround yourself with people that have similar goals – when I first started my own fitness journey, I thought I could do it alone. Within months, I was disappointed with my lack of results and I called it quits. The power and benefit of surrounding yourself with people that share similar goals is unbelievable. The motivation, support and encouragement that you can receive from a support group is an extremely powerful way to overcome your fears.
This is the very reason that the Fitness Made Simple group was created. It is a closed, private community, where entrepreneurs and busy professionals can share their struggles and receive immediate feedback. When you surround yourself with people that have a similar vision, your goals begin to seem achievable.
Too many people die from health-related issues due to obesity.
Don’t become another statistic. You deserve a better life.