Researches are finding that Americans are settled on being obese. Americans are exercising more, but that has not done much to slim their waistlines, says researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Between 2001 and 2009, obesity rates for men or women fell in just nine counties. National rates climbed throughout the decade, although some recent evidence suggests obesity rates may no longer be rising.
Today, more than one-third of U.S. adults and approximately 17% of children are obese, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The answer may be hidden more deeply in the psyche of Americans rather than in exercise and eating routines.
Staying active is thought to act as a protection against early death. We give up on our lives when we settle. However, settling is celebrated in our culture.
When we settle, we resolve a matter. The term itself spells an early doom for anyone who takes this advice. “Settling down” is what most American’s strive for. They seek to reach an agreement with a spouse: we call it marriage; they seek to resolve the problems in their lives, thereby, supposedly, living a good life: they call it retirement. In every sense of the word, settling down includes some form of death (whether it be death of ones individual self or the death of an exciting life full of spontaneity).
Researchers defined sufficient physical activity as 150 minutes of moderate activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. If this is the case, we should be doing more than 150 minutes per week.
When we are settled, we reach an end. But really, who want’s to reach an end in life? Isn’t this death itself? It’s the miseries, excitements, fear inducing events that keep us alive–which keeps us thirsty for life.
Settling down implies a final decision. Making final determinations is viewed from a positive lens in our society. However, the opposite is more valuable: that is, the ability to change ones mind, whenever. There is more power in the freedom to change ones mind, and to add, it’s more natural to evolve in your thoughts (not settle). We are getting at the meat of this issue here; settling is the cause of fat-heads and greasy minds; when we settle in our minds, we lose our adrenaline and ability to circulate new opinions and new ideas more readily. The settled mind is an obese mind.
And Americans living in the worst-performing counties in the nation, in Appalachia, now live shorter lives than people in Vietnam, Yemen and Sudan. In the least healthy counties – which are concentrated in Appalachia and the Deep South – less than a third of women and less than four in 10 men get sufficient physical exercise, according to the report. It’s not a far stretch to say that anyone living in Appalachia has settled, you must have a settled mind and body to live in such an isolated and backwater place.
Those who love to settle pay a great debt– in all actuality, we American tax payers pay a great debt also. We pay when we have to sit next to obese persons on air planes; we pay when we have to sit alongside them on the subway (and they move and twist as if you are in their space!); we pay when we shovel out portions of our paychecks for higher insurance deductions–seeing as obese people are allowed many financial advantages, such as free, or next to free, lap band surgeries.
We can settle the debate on obesity right now: obesity is caused by a lack of motivation to go above that mark which says “settled”. A separate paper by the institute published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. identified poor diet as the No. 1 factor contributing to America’s poor health compared to other industrialized nations.
Anyone who body builds knows, you can’t build muscle without pushing yourself passed the limit. This limit is usually a benchmark you have set for yourself, not your actual limit. Look around any gym, you’ll see many people doing the same routines, taking the same amount of breaks, lifting the same weights of the same amount. This is settling. It’s not a big concern for the body builder, however, for the obese person, it can mean the difference between life and death literally.
Settling is the cause of America’s destiny to remain obese, despite the efforts of researchers and advocates around the nation.
“To tackle obesity, we need to do this. But we probably also need to do more. … Just counting on physical activity is not going to be the solution” said Dr. Christopher Murray, lead author of the research,
Source: LA Time