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Obesity Still on the Increase for American Men

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In light of June being Men's Health Month, let me address this...among American men, the health crisis of being overweight and obese continues to plague our country. For adults in the U.S. “New data shows that nearly 40 percent of them were obese in 2015 and 2016, a sharp increase from a decade earlier, federal health officials reported Friday.”[i]  Continuing and increased publicity about the problem isn't reducing it:  “But just telling people there’s a problem doesn’t solve it.”[ii]  We are buying and eating more fast food than ever before, for one thing.

 

“"There's no doubt about it, overall obesity remains an epidemic in the U.S. The numbers are tremendous," said Dr. Robert Courgi, an endocrinologist with Northwell Health's Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y.”[iii]  As I've heard and been reading about over the last few years, practically every major health disease and disorder can be caused (or at least deteriorated by) being obese; more than just heart disease and diabetes. Staying obese, without seriously addressing it, over the longer term is pretty serious.

 

For me, finding out from my own doctor this January that I'm pre-diabetic sure motivated me! We men can sometimes be stubborn about changing something. I have lost slightly more than 20 pounds since then, mostly by not buying bread (for toast) or breakfast cereal, but also by severely cutting back on desserts.  And I had heard that intermittent fasting can assist in weight loss and regulating blood sugar, so I now take in no calories after 7PM most nights of the week.  

 

So, “where there's a will there's a way,” as the old, familiar saying goes. Please, for your and your family's sake, take the necessary steps to address your obesity and being overweight, to create not just the longevity—but overall enjoyment of your life you deserve.

 

 

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[i]Richtel, Matt and Andrew Jacobs. (2018, March 8). American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter

. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/health/obesity-us-adults.html.

 

[ii]Richtel, Matt and Andrew Jacobs. (2018, March 8). American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter

. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/health/obesity-us-adults.html.


[iii] Thompson, Dennis. (2018, March 23). Obesity rates keep rising for U.S. Adults. Medicalexpress.com. Retrieved from

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-03-obesity-adults.html. 

 

 

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