Are We At the Tipping Point for Obesity?

Will we see the numbers going down now? Is the war against obesity turning?

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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Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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7 Responses to Are We At the Tipping Point for Obesity?

  1. Susan@Home Workouts January 12, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Hey Lisa, you raise an interesting questions, about the adult obesity tipping point. I have read predictions (but I can’t remember by who) that the obesity rate will not stop raising until it reaches 40% in 10 years, or something along those lines.

    As a fitness pro myself, I sort of think that the right answer is somewhere in between that and what you say, that the tipping point is now.

    Right now there is still more awareness (which is better then them not being aware) than there is action. More action will come, and that’s why we are here, to inspire action.

    :-)

  2. Yum Yucky January 12, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Up until about a month ago, I was totally sleep deprived for most of 2010, probably running on 4 hours of sleep per day with the kids, work, the blog, etc etc. NOT good. So I made the decision to turn that around. No excuses about how I couldn’t get more sleep because responsibilities beckoned. It’s also my responsibility to stay healthy and well. And that means SLEEP! I also convinced my husband to get more sleep as well. He’s less cranking now and has actually lost a few pounds. ka-BOOM!

  3. Lisa Johnson January 12, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Susan, I hope that it’s the awareness that will kick those numbers down. I think Biggest Loser, Jamie Oliver, Michelle Obama and all us fitness and weight loss bloggers are helping and slowing the trend and hopefully reversing it.

    Yum Yucky, I’ve come a long way about how I think about sleep and have been making an effort as well. I’ve seen a difference and yup, I’m dragging my husband along too. :-)

    thanks for the comments, I appreciate it!

    Lisa

  4. Claire Wadlington January 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Like the bottom line: move and sleep!

  5. Lisa Johnson January 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    well that’s a great summation, could have saved myself a whole bunch of words there, lol … thanks Claire!

  6. Tracy @ Commit To Fit January 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    I agree with you, Lisa. I think people want to make the changes to be healthier – for themselves and their children. Great tips!

  7. Lisa Johnson January 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Thanks Tracy, I hope we’re right!

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