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Solving America’s Health Problems With The Next Generation

A Special Guest Post By: Chris Steurer

As America continues to stay on top as one of the unhealthiest countries in the world, we are seeing a tremendous growth of obesity and weight issues among our adult population and children as well. INC.com has noted that “according to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 17% of all children in the U.S. are obese.” They are the future of our country, and they are looking bigger than ever before.

I don’t believe that short term solutions work very well for truly solving any problem, therefore, we must look to longer-term solutions that are responsible and sustainable now and into the future. The current children of America are the future of this country, and it is up to them to decide what will happen down the road. So why do we do such a poor job at teaching them healthy habits and such a good job at raising them to make bigger health mistakes than ourselves?

I’ve talked with my younger cousins, my friend’s kids, and other children and they excitedly tell me how much they love eating fast food and playing video games all day. It’s quite alarming if you think about it, our next generation seems likely to be worse off than we already are.

So, how can we fix the problem? It is known that prisons often serve better food than our public schools do. Children are eating at least one meal- five days out of the week- that is high in calories and low in essential nutrients that the body needs to stay fit and healthy. I am almost certain that many of them consume many more meals throughout the week that consist of fast food or other unhealthy meals. We teach children how to read, write, and do arithmetic in school, why can’t we teach them to eat healthier and stay more active as well?

At least one company has set out to do something about this problem. Revolution Foods is helping to bring access to nutrient rich meals that taste good to low-income schools. They have realized that by targeting schools with healthy food alternatives, they can help make the world a better and healthier place to live!

What other ideas do you have that could offer a long-term solution to getting America’s health back on track?

Kirstie Alley’s Weight For Fame

Kirstie AlleyKirstie has been down this road before. First it was with her TV series, “Fat Actress” where she documents her battle of obesity. Then it was Jenny Craig’s massive paycheck which helped to keep the weight off by using their diet.

Finally Kirstie went through weeks and weeks of rehearsals for dancing on the hit show, “Dancing With The Stars”.

And just weeks after the very fast weight loss, Kirstie has her own diet that she is promoting to the public.

The problem lies in the fact that Kirstie has always used the wrong motivation to lose her weight. If it’s not for the money, then it’s for the fame.

If Kirstie made healthy choices that she could abide by, then it wouldn’t be such a problem. But the motivation remains financial and for fame.

Without it, she would most likely return to emotional eating and land herself back to square one.

I do wish Kirstie success, but I question if she is the right person to create a diet program. It seems too soon and without testimonials it can cause a very likely dangerous proposition.

She claims that she worked with scientists to come up with this new diet plan. To be honest, I think the scientific community has been at this a lot longer with very little success. Perhaps instead of talking with the researchers, she should try talking to others that suffer from the same disease.

You might get some real answers. You might get real results.

Too Fat to Dance?

Over the last week or so everyone has been up in arms over the insults thrown at Kirstie Alley over her ‘Dancing with the stars’ appearances.

Comedian and talk show host George Lopez even reacted by saying she was “a pig with hooves” for dancing on that show.

First off, I must applaud Kirstie for appearing on the show. Not because to her weight issues but because it takes guts for anyone to learn to dance on network TV.

I watched the show for the first time to get a glimpse of what everyone was talking about and really felt proud of Ms. Alley. She danced with passion and pride.

Watching the stars took me back to the memories of my mother as a child at different family receptions and how she was never afraid to get up and dance with the family. There was no shame.

So why does it now become socially unacceptable to not dance in public.

Instead of taking Mr. Lopez for his cruel jokes and bad comedy-though I never really found him to be very comedic to begin with- I am going to take a different approach.

I would like to know what makes people that ugly to people that they should be kept from participating in certain activities.

Should we start to segregate people into groups? Larger people in one place, thin in the next? I had hoped we had gotten farther in society than what we’ve witnessed recently. It is a relief that no one attacked Steve Wozniak or Heather Mills…if that’s even a crossroads.

There really does seem to be a line that is acceptable to cross when it comes to overweight people. Maybe that is why the majority of larger actors only get to play comedic roles. They are shunned from being a spectacle.

I say, shame on George Lopez and anyone who agrees with his unacceptable humor.