Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Is our society becoming "obesogenic"?

This may or may not be a perfect topic to discuss, especially around the holidays, but there is more and more disconcerting evidence and statistics regarding the latest news in reference to obesity.  Even losing the last 10 pounds can be the most insurmountable challenge, let alone more weight than that, so what can we do about it?  For starters, continued education is a good way to begin -- and believe me, there is soooo..... much reliable information out there if you do your homework and become active about it.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) talks about American society turning into an "obesogenic" one, meaning that now our environment is surrounded by the promotion of unhealthy foods and, well, plain overeating.  What is even more upsetting is that there is a prevalence of obesity that has strongly affected our children and adolescents and will continue to do so until some real effort is made in supporting and finding a solution.  This information is not meant to make one feel completely hopeless and depressed, but knowledge is power.  So, why can't we start some "forward thinking" by way of listening to what our grandparents used to say, "everything in moderation".  Let's remember that around these days of family, fun, gratitude and yes, food!

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