We have talked often about the biggest reasons people use to avoid taking care of themselves, and ways around those reasons. It is a function of time, priorities and the realization or avoidance of the notion of whom and what you will become as you age. “I don’t have the time”. “I am so busy”. “I will start a health program next month…….when I have time”. But if you analyze how you actually use your time it is easy to see how time slips away. We do find time to watch our favorite movies. We do find time to be with friends and family. We do find time for the things that are important to us that enrich our lives. Sad but true that even when the Doctor says “lose weight, exercise, modify your foods”, we seldom find the time and take action. Doesn’t time seem to be moving past you at an increasing rate of speed? Y2K was 10 years ago, yet it seems like “not so long ago”. It is now March of 2010. How’s that resolve holding up? Still “on purpose”…………..or on hold?
Here is a trick to make time. Take an average 1 hour program on TV. You know, the one you always watch……..Greys Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Animal Planet, the History Channel, Deadliest Catch.
They are stocked with commercials at a rate of 20 minutes or more, per hour, per show. Record 3 shows; create more than one hour of time.
Here is why it is important:
Obesity now poses as great a threat to Americans' quality of life as smoking.
Researchers at Columbia University and The City College of New York analyzed 1993-2008 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System that included interviews with more than 3.5 million adults. The results showed that the Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost to obesity are equal to, or greater than, those lost because of smoking.
From 1993 to 2008, the number of adult smokers decreased 18.5 percent and smoking-related QALYs lost remained relatively stable. Over that same time, the proportion of obese Americans increased 85 percent, resulting in a greater loss of quality-adjusted life years than the smokers. Obesity had a larger effect on disease, while smoking had a greater impact on deaths, the researchers found.
"Although life expectancy and quality-adjusted life expectancy have increased over time, the increase in the contribution of mortality to QALYs lost from obesity may result in a decline in future life expectancy.” The study is published in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Another recent study concluded that if both smoking and obesity rates in the United States remain unchanged, life expectancy in the nation will be reduced by almost nine months. That study was published in the Dec. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Perhaps the TiVo and or DVR are one path to solving our national health care crisis as there appears to be no such thing as “metabolically healthy obesity”. If you are unsure of your BMI and the percentage of what you are carrying around in body fat and/or what it all means for you, call us. If you need help with your DVR, call us, as we know how to “make time”. It is never too late to start finding time, and rolling back your clock. It’s a new decade.
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