HBO recently came out with an interesting TV special/movement in an effort to raise awareness about the ever increasing health problems directly related to poor eating habits, lack of physical activity, and obesity. The four-part documentary series, each feature “case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity.” (source)
If you haven’t seen the film, check it out!! The Weight of the Nation!!! (Just click on the link!)
Even though I am very conscious of the weight problem that seems to be engulfing our country, I don’t think most Americans are (either that or they don’t care). I personally thought HBO did an excellent job at portraying what a SERIOUS issue obesity really is and I was shocked by many of the statistics. HBO does not glaze over any of the real issues causing obesity; the invasion of too many processed foods, the infiltration of too many sedentary activities (video-games, computers, TV, etc), and our environment.
One of the main concerns addressed in the documentary is childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is something for which I’ve always been passionate about, seeing as how our children are our future and a direct result of the environment surrounding them. In the film, it states that this is the first generation of children who won’t be out-living their parents. Scary. No?
It’s time for our Nation to make a change and this documentary is a step in the right direction. Schools need to offer longer lunch periods, better quality foods, and more time for recess. The work environment needs to encourage physical activity, provide employees with healthy food options, and nutrition education.
We need to come together as a society and put a halt to the ever-growing obesity “epidemic.” We need to stop putting all our focus on things that don’t matter and start taking time for ourselves. Take care of your body and it will take care of you. If mainstream food companies start to see the public looking for MORE whole foods, they may start making a change! If the government sees a NEED for more sidewalks, parks, and playgrounds, they just might do something about it! If there is a strong NEED to get healthy, our society will (eventually) accommodate.
In the meantime, help set the example!!! BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS! (Isn’t that how the famous saying goes?)
- Always take the stairs.
- Go for walks on your lunch break.
- Hit the gym after work.
- Form an after-work exercise group.
- Work in the yard when you come home!
- Make time for the grocery store!
- Cook from home!!
- Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.
- Bring healthier foods to potlucks and parties.
- Pack your child’s lunch with fruits and veggies!!
- Inform your children about healthy eating and if you don’t know yourself? Get help!
- Limit sedentary activities to <1-2 hours per day, particularly for children!