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Eating is something we all do every day throughout our lives.  And there is no big mystery to what healthy eating looks like.  Yet the rise in obesity continues to be a huge and growing problem in the United States.  Two in every three Americans is overweight, and almost one in three qualifies for the definition of obese.  In the past 30 years, obesity in kids has tripled.

This isn’t news; Americans know they’re overweight.  In fact, we spend huge amounts of money on diet books and diet programs to hep us lose that burdensome extra weight.  There are more than 30,000 fitness clubs in the United States, all aimed at serving the national desire to lose weight and be fit.  And it’s not just a question of being a little too heavy or of how we look.  Nutrition is one of the most significant factors in society’s major killers, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.  Most of us are literally digging our graves with our teeth.  And we know all this-yet clearly the majority of us aren’t doing anything about it.  Why not?

Do you know anyone who would eat a quart of Crisco or a pound of butter a day?  Does anyone say, “Hmm, my cholesterol is down to 239, I need to get it up over 400.  There are still a few arteries flowing…better make sure I get those clogged, too”?  Of course not.  Then why do we act like we do?

You know what you’re supposed to eat.  We all do.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, complex carbs, salads, whole grains, lean meats, more fish and poultry and less beef…You know it, I know it, we all know it. So why do so many of us still go out and chow down cheeseburgers and fries every day?

I’ll tell you why:  because it won’t kill us…not today.

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.  The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.  In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

Being overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors.  Obesity is slightly different.  Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.  Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.  Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.

Cortney Weiss

Cortney Weiss

Hi!! My name is Cortney Weiss, I am a mom of 2 girls, 3 years apart, and with the same birthdays!! I've been married to my loving, godly husband for over 6 years, and I love health and fitness. I raise monarch butterflies year round which the girls love, and we all learn a lot from their life cycle, the good and the bad. It is my passion to help busy mommies become healthier and fit, work one-on-one with like-minded individuals, and help them to succeed in their health and fitness goals. I look forward to learning more about YOU and helping YOU to live a happier, healthier, fitter life. :)