An Astonishing Obesity Fact
Obesity is always a news topic in various forms, facts and figures. But this fact, for some reason, made my jaw drop:
"86% of Americans are on their way to becoming obese by 2030." (Obesity, July 2008)
Wow! Reflect on that a moment or two. In twenty years, pretty much 9 out of 10 people you pass on the street will be obese. And note, we're not talking about Americans who will be overweight. This is about being OBESE, which by definition is 30 pounds overweight. 30 pounds!
Sometimes a number just can be a number without any personal context. So think about 30 pounds in these terms: one gallon of milk weighs 8 pounds. Carry 4 gallons of milk around the house for a few hours and see how that extra weight makes your knees, ankles, back and circulatory system feel. Let me tell you something obvious...it's heavy.