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By 2019, Obesity will be Number One Cause of Death in America

“We are fatter, less productive and at a higher risk for developing disease and early depression more than ever before,” writes Brendan Brazier professional Ironman Triathlete in his new book Thrive Fitness. “Somewhere along the line, the modern world, with its hectic schedules, has pulled the rug out from under us.”

In fact, in the early part of the 20th century, being overweight was a sign of wealth and, as such, a status symbol. However, the Journal of the American Medical Association, reports that low income individuals and families are more likely to be overweight than those earning middle and high incomes. Which raises the question, is being healthy only reserved for the wealthy? This is a topic I will discuss in a future post. In the meantime here are some shocking, surprising facts from Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Fitness:

  • According to the American Heart Association, 910,000 Americans die each year due to cardiovascular disease, that’s the death-toll equivalent to a 9/11 every 27 hours or a Hurricane Katrina every 17 hours.
  • Clothing that was labeled as “S” ten years ago is now labeled as “XS” even though the garment size remains the same.
  • A CDC survey now shows that more than half (65 percent) of the U.S. population is overweight or obese.
  • Canada is no better, according to the Canadian Community Health survey, 59 percent of Canadian adults are now overweight or obese.
  • By 2019, obesity will overtake cardiovascular disease as the number-one cause of preventable death in America.
  • According to the CDC, airlines burn an additional 350 million gallons of fuel just to transport their passengers’ extra body weight.
  • According to the Washington Post, American automobiles cost $1,500 more than Japanese due to higher health insurance premiums; the cost is passed on to the end consumer to allow the company to maintain profitability. See New York Times, “Health Care Savings Could Start in the Cafeteria”
  • In North America, 14 times more land is used to grow food for animals being raised for meat than to grow food for humans. FYI: for every seven to nine pounds of food fed to a cow, only one pound is returned in the form of meat.
  • Employees at Google can request whatever they want at the company’s 11 cafeterias, which offer mostly balanced, nutritional meals. Google has been profitable since its inception in 2003.

“When we take better care of ourselves, we become less reliant on prescription drugs,” fine words of advice from Prevention Not Prescriptions. See and learn more about living a healthy lifestyle with a focus on prevention is better than cure on the Prevention Not Prescriptions site.

Thrive Fitness by Brendan Brazier

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