The Truth About Our Health – It Aint Pretty
The Truth About Our Health – It Aint Pretty
- One out of every three Americans is now considered to be obese
- Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of our children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
- An obese person in America is likely to incur $1,497 more in medical expenses each year
- Approximately $190 billion (yes that’s a billion) is spent in added medical expenses per year within the United States
- Obesity has been cited as a contributing factor to approximately 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year
- About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths
- Every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.
- Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion (yes that’s another billion) each year.This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
- Diabetes is becoming more common in the United States. From 1980 through 2011, the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes has more than tripled (from 5.6 million to 20.9 million).
- Total health care and related costs for the treatment of diabetes run about $174 billion (oh look another figure that ends in a billion) annually
- We spend over one million million dollars (that’s a trillion) each year on disease care in America.
“For every inch you gain in girth, the body grows approximately four miles of blood vessels to nourish the extra tissues. Blood which would normally be sent to the head and brain remains in the abdominal cavity, aiding the digestive organs with their increased work load. ”
—Dr. Stephen Chang
Most of the statistics above I attained from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website and I could on and on. Why am I telling you this? The health and fitness industry has been plagued and driven by exterior body image for decades (maybe even centuries). Sure, we all want to look good on the outside but I will ask you this – how concerned are you about the health and function of your body on the inside namely heart, lungs, bones, blood vessels, intestines etc.?
The typical vicious cycle goes something like this – we get older, have children, are consumed by work, have way too much responsibility and have little or no time for ourselves. These factors then lead to a decrease in physical activity and a reduction in the consumption of healthy/nutritious food because of our misconception that healthy/nutritious food takes a lot of time to prepare. We then in turn eat more of the packaged/manufactured foods that cause cellular inflammation and resultant destruction of our epithelial/endothelium cells. Also, by eating these calorie-dense, fiber and nutrient deficient foods we slowly start to pack on the pounds which is compounded by a slowing metabolism and decrease in physical activity. It may be slow at first maybe one or 2 pounds a year, but then multiply that by 5, 10, 15 years! Suddenly you find yourself in a place you never thought you would be.
I feel that our response to this cycle is very similar to that of the cycle of grief. DENIAL – “I’m not getting unhealthy”. ANGER – “shit I’m becoming unhealthy – I hate the way I look and feel” BARGANING – “not to worry I’m going to start training and eating right when I get a little more time” DEPRESSION – “wow I never thought I would get like this” ACCEPTANCE – “well, we all die at some point so I may as well enjoy my life and eat what I want, besides its really hard work to try and get back to where I was 10 years ago- I can’t do that” – any of that look or sound familiar?
Jon mentioned in his blog last week that to start a journey, no matter what that journey is, all you have to do is take one step. Taking one step is psychologically far easier that thinking about the 5000 steps it is going to take to get you to where you need to be. The good news is that most, if not all of the diseases I mentioned in the statistic section above can be reversed by adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced nutritious diet coupled with bouts of physical activity. Most people in my experience either adopt one or the other. Here at Rogue we have the knowledge and capacity to provide you with the necessary tools to have both. You not only owe it to yourself, you owe it to your children and your children’s children. Life on earth, especially human behavior follows patterns. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem and help create a healthy lifestyle not only for you but also for tomorrow’s people.
Take away #1 – Help yourself and future generations! How? Contact us about our individual nutrition packages as well as our Battle Ready Fitness Program starting May 5th 2014.
If you work in Human resources or are a CEO of a company, part of your job description is to maintain profitability and reduce the number of lost work hours due to sickness/medical issues etc. The current model of prevention is reactive (take pills), not proactive (sort your training and diet out). What’s my point? Rather than having increasing medical costs every year for your employees, be a visionary and invest in a product that increases the health and wellbeing of the people that work for you and get kickbacks and reductions in medical expenses. Holy shit what a concept!!!! If you did a study on a workforce that were on a health kick program and compared it with production and/or profitability you would notice that both elements would increase dramatically (maybe even exponentially). Win win.
Take away #2 – Be a visionary! Help your friends, co-workers and your company! How? Share our information with your employer/HR Department about our corporate health/wellness packages and seminars.
I will end this blog by asking this – what do you consider extreme? Taking some small steps to improve the way you eat and try to exercise at least 3 times per week or have your chest split wide open then have a vein removed from your leg and transplanted into one of your blocked coronary arteries that ensure adequate blood flow to your heart all the while having to take 20 pills a day to “manage” all of your medical conditions?
I know which one I choose. Choose today and let your actions speak louder than your words. Invest in yourself and your people. Don’t settle for the common beliefs of age related illnesses. Give the proverbial finger to the unhealthy you and give us a call. We would love to help.
For more information for yourself and your employer, check out www.rogueconsultinggroup.com