The Laziness Factor
About two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, and almost one-third are obese, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001 to 2004.
Is the reason that there has been an increase in obesity due to the fact that adults in today’s society are lazy? A lot of us just sit around and eat while being on the couch. Are we couch potatoes? No! Instead we are a product of our revolutionary, technological society. I am not saying we can blame technology, rather I am saying that as with our youth, the adults are also a reflection of the society that surrounds them. It isn’t an excuse, but it is a thought I pondered based on my typical day.
Overweight and obesity are known risk factors for:
* coronary heart disease
* high blood cholesterol
* gallbladder disease
* osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone of joints)
* sleep apnea and other breathing problems
* some forms of cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial, and kidney)
A typical day may include getting up and walking into my office (at my home) and sitting down to have breakfast. I would read the newspaper that my husband brought me and then casually log onto my computer and browse the internet, chat to friends and talk with work colleagues.
Working from home means I have it pretty easy. I have a Blackberry that alerts me of important events when I am out of the house and everywhere I go, I see fast food, convenient stores and easy access outlets.
So it comes back to the question. Are we lazy? No. We have been conditioned to live this way. As society grows everything else around us is getting easier to obtain. Instead of going out to the shops, you can go to ebay, purchase a gift, have it wrapped and sent to your loved one. You can buy clothes online with one click. You can organize a baby sitter with one click by just visiting a website.
All this is possible. So if we are conditioned and used to the way we live, we need to start taking action and do something constructive with our time. Go out to the beach and play volleyball or take up gym or yoga. Get active and in the long run it will do you a world of good!
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