Social media has been buzzing since New Year’s about resolutions for weight loss and fitness. 2010 saw the introduction of the highly rated “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” and Michelle Obama unveiled Let’s Move, her comprehensive program to eradicate childhood obesity in one generation. Coca-Cola and Pepsi have even been working with schools to remove sodas from vending machines.
This time last year the CDC reported that obesity rates had started to level off for adults but were still rising for children, and that was before all of the above hit our streams of conscious.
Are we at the “tipping point” for obesity? Have we reached Malcolm Gladwell’s nexus? And will we see the tide start to turn?
I think so. I think we’re there. I feel it in my gut. There’s so much more information available that I think people now have the tools as well as the desire to live and be healthier. How cool is that?
Here are just a few ideas that you can implement in your household:
Limit screen time. The less time you have for TV, computer screens, and mobile devices, the more time you have for reading, playing, and sports.
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Focus on fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Skip anything in a box, anything with sugar as one of the first five ingredients, and anything with a “health claim” printed on it.
High fructose corn syrup is not the best choice. Lots of education about this in the past couple of years. My gross out moment was when I saw Dr. Oz pour a vat of the stuff out on “Oprah.” Ewwwh. Anything that says partially hydrogenated contains HFCS; it’s best to avoid it.
Fitness means moving. You do not have to slap on a pair of $100 lycra pants and sweat your tush off at the gym. Playing with your kids, vigorously mopping your floor, a lovely walk around your neighborhood; all kinds of movement counts, and it adds up. You can get more sophisticated with your workouts as your progress, but for now, just move.
Sleep is crucial. The last few months of 2010 brought a landslide of information about sleeping and wellness. There have been studies coming out for years about sleep, but it appears to have reached a crescendo as mainstream media is writing more and more about it. Bottom line, get seven to eight hours of sleep per night and you’ll be healthier, trimmer, and live longer.
Have you incorporated any of these ideas into your life this past year? I’ve been better about sleep and screen time and have noticed a marked difference. Do you think we’re at the tipping point? Have we reached the top of the obesity epidemic and will now see a downturn? I really hope so. Please share your opinion here.
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