Valerie Moore’s weight and poor eating habits caught up with her two years ago, when she had a stroke at age 26.
NPR is doing a series called “Living Large: Obesity in America.” Over the next few months, they will explore what it means to live in a nation where one in three adults is obese. The crisis affects tens of millions of people and is altering daily life in fundamental ways. NPR will report from the factory floor, the office cubicle, the school cafeteria, the airport and the doctor’s office. And since soaring obesity rates are in large part a phenomenon of recent decades, the reports will seek to examine how we got to this point.
The series will examine how the nation is changing to accommodate its obese population and the ethical implications of these accommodations. They will look at the economics of obesity on individuals, employers and society and take the story across the nation to examine obesity in the workplace, in popular culture and fashion. In addition, they will report on “acceptance movement” that demands an end to size discrimination.
Obesity rates in America and the world are dramatically increasing each year; this trend not only affects social, political aspects mentioned before; but it has tremendous health care cost implications as well.
In a few weeks, I will be launching “Get At The Roots Weight Loss Program™” and as I am preparing for it, I realized this issue has many complex layers and the answers are not simple. The causes of obesity are many and go beyond an individual’s willingness to lose weight; they extend from the food industry to government policies and the health care system. Nutritional information is confusing and the marketing of foods deceiving. We must invest time to inform ourselves what foods are best for us in order to live healthy and productive lives. In 2001 David Satcher, MD, PhD, 16th Surgeon General of the United States issued a report entitled “A call to Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity.” In this report Dr. Satcher states “We must realize that our predicament cannot be solved through individual action alone. Both the public and private sector must pitch in to live in a society where gaining weight becomes more difficult and maintaining a healthy weight becomes easier.”
Here is the link for Living Large: Obesity in America
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