When was the last time you ran across a mountain meadow chasing a butterfly or breathed deeply as you jumped from rock to rock over a bubbling stream? How long has it been since you reached your toes to the sky while swinging at the park?
We who live in the land of plenty boast freedom and truly we are free to chose health or to live by default. We never intended to live in a toxic world and we certainly didn't plan to form harmful habits; we just got busy or stressed out. Our budget and schedules are tight and the quality of our food is our first compromise. The next thing to go is physical play and activity.
Too big, too tired or too self-conscious to play, we'd rather find counterfeit rest in processed snacks and a pillow than embrace life in this magnificent body we have been given to transport us through the pleasures and adventures of life.
What do all these people have in common? Obesity!!
Being overweight is not just a cosmetic concern any more. It has become the modern health epidemic of our current generation. Our nation is now the leader in some of the world's life-threatening health issues related to obesity in all age groups.
The diseases related to obesity:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- life threatening levels of cholesterol
Have we just become lazy and spoiled? Maybe not!!
We work hard for a living. We keep pressing schedules, shuttle kids, sit in traffic, take night classes, all jammed around the hours we invest in our sit down jobs.