As spring break ends and summer break is just shy of a few months away, many of you might be breaking a sweat at the gym in preparation for the perfect bikini body or binge eating salads and drinking protein shakes.
While showing off pool side or posting body transformations on Instagram can be great motivators for a healthy body, shouldn’t we be caring all year round?
The obesity epidemic in America measures at 30.4% of adults over 20 as being obese or, having a body mass index over 30, from 1997-2000.
If you’re counting adults who are simply overweight (BMI of 25-29), the percentage raises to 68.8 percent according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The reasons for these numbers are plain and simple but it seems not enough people care, even if it causes several health issues down the line.
For one thing, there’s the big bad wolf.
The monster that creeps slowly yet surely with each passing day ready to pounce—laziness.
For several hours a day, many Americans are students sitting in a classroom or adults with a desk job.
It’s easy to think “that’s just life” or “there’s not enough time in the day,” but when diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis kick in, it is increasingly difficult to get back on track.
The recommended benchmark for staying healthy is 10,000 steps per day, this equals to about 5 miles.
This will not aid weight loss alone as it depends on the amount of muscle you have, what kind of exercise you are doing and how many calories you consume.
Although periodically moving around is easy to ignore on a daily basis, every step counts whether it’s not getting the closest parking space, taking the stairs or a buddy walk around the building.
In a video posted by Nicole Arbor entitled “Dear Fat People,” the comedian received a lot of backlash for being insensitive toward overweight people and being a “fat-shaming bully.”
But aside from a few exaggerated jokes, her true intention was not to fat-shame but rather to make people aware that being obese should not be encouraged or considered handicapped unless the person has a pre-existing medical condition.
By the same token, why is it not acceptable to have anorexic models yet plus-size models are glorified and called brave?
We should not be supporting either extreme because they are not healthy images for people to aspire to.