The United States is facing unprecedented levels of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic and terminal illnesses. There are a variety of reasons for this, among which is the very important fact that we have vaccines for most communicable diseases that might have killed us a century ago, and our life expectancy is much higher than it ever has been before. There are many reasons for these demographic changes which are important, but one of the most pressing health concerns facing the nation are multiple chronic conditions that are appearing more and more frequently. Obesity related illnesses are killing people like never before, even though we know more about our bodies and how our health works than we ever have before.
With all of the scientific and medical advances, we have learned what works for human beings. Eating food – real food – along with regular exercise, lots of water, and plenty of sleep will keep most people healthy for a long time. Healthy people can still get cancer, yes, but their risk of getting is considerably lower than someone who is overweight or obese, meaning that the risk of becoming obese comes with much higher rates of illnesses related to obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes. It is a fascinating paradox, because while rates of childhood and adult obesity have been steadily increasing, there are also more and more ways to eat healthily and stay active. With the availability of the internet, healthy online grocery shopping is now a convenient and just as affordable option as spending hours at the grocery store. Organic food delivery services bring healthy, locally grown food right to your door. There are more and more ways to exercise outside, in gyms, or even in the comfort of your own home.
The food and exercise industries are going out of their way to make sure that anyone can have access to healthy foods and a variety of work out options without even having to leave their own homes. Between workout videos you can do in your living room without any equipment needed and online grocery shopping, there should not be any reason why our rates of obesity continue to rise, along with the rates of illnesses related to obesity.
It is a curious environment that seems to be unique to the United States. We have some of the healthiest people in the world and are living longer than ever, while in our own backyard we also have the highest rates of chronic diseases ever seen before. Hopefully all that we have learned means that going forward, our children will not make the same mistakes and will live healthier lives. In the meantime though, our health care costs continue to skyrocket and our incidence of chronic illnesses has not budged. Keeping yourself and your children healthy should be priority number one, and in too many instances it is no longer the case. Human beings only get one shot at their bodies and keeping them healthy should be at the top of the to do list.