CHANGING THE PERCEPTION OF SENIOR LIVING
Just when I thought we might have an edge on health, I remembered that I had pulled an article out about a year ago that projected these numbers. They have not changed. Actually, in some critical areas (obesity and rates of diabetes) the numbers are increasing. Today, government sources show that two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Thirty-nine percent of the baby boomers are overweight. By 2020 that number is thought to rise considerably.
The bottom line is this: “From somewhat of a public health standpoint, we’ve actually had a bad scenario. You live longer, but – those extra years you bought – you’re sick… That’s not a good public health outcome,” Dr. Dana King, the study’s lead author told Reuters Health. Click here for the whole article.
It is easy to read statistics and remain uninvolved. The “not me” scenario just won’t hold water anymore. Everywhere you turn, you can see new products designed for this portion of the population. Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. It has only been around since 1965. Today we see larger wheelchairs in hospital receiving areas, heavy-duty stretchers in emergency vehicles, television shows like “The Biggest Loser” (started in 2004) and so on.
But here is the bottom line: The root cause is us. The fact that marketing has convinced us that we deserve to relax and let someone else do the cooking has seen the rise of fast food “restaurants.” In turn, these have filled us with a potpourri of chemicals and portions that our bodies don’t receive well. We buy into this scenario. We feel that we “deserve” McDonalds or Burger King. In the final analysis, that convenience will be our undoing.
The solution again lies with us. We can find ways to create a healthy lifestyle. Create ways to exercise. Statistics don’t lie. But we can change our personal statistics by finding ways to enjoy life and find health again. Take responsibility for yourself, unless of course, you want to prove the statistics correct.