I really don’t get it. Like for real, I am really baffled. I am baffled by people refusing to change their unhealthy behaviors, even when they can look in their own families and see the consequences. I know this is especially true in black and Hispanic families. Generations from grandparents all the way down to grandkids will be overweight or obese, and folks still refuse to change. I am sure we have all seen a family member who: has always been on meds, is going through dialysis, has diabetes, struggles with depression or lethargy, has died from something preventable, is constantly dieting without success…yet very few people make a change. You would think that the threat of death or an amputation would motivate people to make a change, but the obesity trends keep ticking upward. And this is evident in the numbers (according to the CDC.) What is it going to take?
“•About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese.
•Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest rates of obesity (44.1%) compared with Mexican Americans (39.3%), all Hispanics (37.9%) and non-Hispanic whites (32.6%).
•Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
•Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
•There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents. In 2007—2008, Hispanic boys, aged 2 to 19 years,were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boys, and non-Hispanic black girls were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.”
“In 2006 alone, about 65,700 people with diabetes had a leg or foot amputated. This is more than 60% of the amputations of legs and feet not resulting from an injury, such as from a car crash. Many of these amputations could be prevented by taking good care of your feet and your health.”
“More than 35% of adults with diabetes have chronic kidney disease. Poorly controlled diabetes and high blood pressure increase the risk that chronic kidney disease will eventually lead to kidney failure, which can only be treated by dialysis or a kidney transplant.”
New Year’s always brings health and wellness resolutions. Usually these goals are individual goals. I think this year we should strive to have healthier families . You wanna have another holiday season with the family intact, right? Well you have to put actions in place to make that happen. You may not be able to physically make everyone go to your spin class. But you can do better for yourself and be a shining example. Your good habits may rub off on someone. And if you cannot bring change to your family, you can stop the unhealthy cycle with you!