Here in the United States, obesity grows into more and more of a problem with each year that passes by. In fact, up to half of the adult population is expected to be obese by the time that we reach the year of 2030, now just only 11 or so years ahead of us. Already, nearly 80 million adults are classified as being obese, and even up to 12% and more of all children in this country are as well.
To understand how to combat obesity, we must first understand has been able to become a problem of such monumental proportions. For one thing, the way that we eat and consume has changed drastically over recent decades, with more and more people prioritizing speed and convenience above all else when it comes to the foods that they eat. For many people, fast food has become a staple part of their diets.
This isn’t difficult to imagine. After all, the total number of fast food restaurants currently open and operational is a high one, a number that has as much as doubled over the last 50 years or so. And these foods are far from good for you, as they are filled with things like saturated fat and sodium, sugar and refined grains. For people who eat fast food on a regular basis, staying at a healthy weight or losing weight is likely to prove much more difficult than for those who switch to eating as healthily as possible.
But a poor diet is not the only contributing factor in weight gain and difficulty in losing weight. A lack of exercise is also quite common for many people throughout the country, and is again a growing problem faced by many people. After all, living a sedentary lifestyle starts early in life for many, and this is something that is far too likely to have serious health repercussions later down the life. For up to two thirds of children, regular exercise is not a part of their life. On the other hand, the majority of all kids now use various electronic devices for up to seven and a half hours over the course of just one day, something that might be playing a key role in the lack of movement and physical activity that they participate in on a day to day basis.
The problem of getting too little exercise is also seen quite clearly in the adult population of this country as well. In fact, it is estimated that no more than 5% of all adults are getting even just 30 minutes of exercise on a daily basis. And less than half of the adult population is moving around and getting physically active enough to meet the weekly recommended guidelines for exercise that have been set out by medical professionals.
This lack of exercise and consumption of a wholly unhealthy diet is likely to lead to a number of health problems down the line. For one thing, up to one third of the adult population in this country has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, a condition that can be managed well with exercise and healthy eating. However, untreated and poorly managed Type 2 diabetes can have long lasting implications – and can even ultimately lead to loss of life. In addition to the development of Type 2 diabetes. people who are obese and lead a sedentary lifestyle become at risk for a number of different conditions, from heart disease to even certain types of cancer.
Getting up and moving and fitting exercise into your day is a great way to prevent the above from becoming your reality. You might choose to exercise on gym equipment, readily available at gyms and heath clubs all throughout the country. Perhaps you will visit a home fitness store and buy some home fitness equipment instead. For many people, this is ideal and will end up motivating them to work out far more frequently than just a gym membership would.
And you certainly don’t need premium fitness equipment to exercise. After all, walking is the most common and popular form of exercise among the population of those who find time for exercise on a daily basis.