There were several topics I considered writing about in this month's blog (pain and how it impacts movement, gluteal versus hamstring dominance and how it affects bridging), but after reading "F as in Fat," a report released by Trust for America's Health, I decided those other posts could wait. "F as in Fat" paints a rather dark picture of the potential state of America's obesity problem (to read the full report, click here: http://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/TFAH2012FasInFat18.pdf). The good news is that some progress is being made. In Mississippi, for instance, the rate of overweight and obesity in public school elementary students dropped from 43% in 2005 to 37.3% in 2011. That is a substantial difference, and one that should be applauded. However, over 35% of adults are considered obese (BMI of 30 or greater) and 19.6% of children between the ages 6-11 were considered obese in 2008. This is tragic, not only from a healthcare cost aspect, but because of the negative impact obesity has on wellbeing. Obesity has many causes and can be looked at from many different angles, but from a fitness professional's standpoint, increasing physical activity is paramount, both in our children and in our adults. In California, one of the fitter states with 23.8% of the adult population obese, 19.1% of adults reported they participated in no physical activity in the last 30 days. And in Colorado (the fittest state, at 20.7% obese), only 29.2% of high school students were physically active for 60 minutes, 7 days a week.
Yours in health and wellness,
Brown, S.B., (2009). Play, Penguin Group: New York.