Fitness Crisis

Is America having a fitness crisis? Sometimes it seems that way as more and more Americans are obese. Obese is having a BMI of 30 or more. BMI is your weight in relation to your height. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics indicate that prevalence of obesity has increased from 12.8% between 1976 and 1980 to 22.5% between 1988 and 1994, and jumped again to 30% between 1999 and 2000.Do a Google search and you can find numerous BMI Calculator sites. Now don’t be too critical on yourself, my BMI is 26 and this means I should lose 27 pounds and only weigh 133lbs.
So what does this tell me, we need to exercise more and eat less, in fact that is what our government has done. Here is a recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, a joint project of the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, outline the need for Americans to limit calorie consumption and get more physical activity
• To manage body weight and prevent unnecessary weight gain, engage in 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity workouts most days of the week
• Consume a sufficient amount of food groups including: two cups of fruit, two and a half cups of vegetables, three or more ounces of whole-grain products and three cups of fat-free or low-fat milk (or similar milk products) per day
• Keep total fat intake between 20 to 35 percent of calories
So ride your bike and work out as often as possible, then think about how you are fueling your body.
Doug Sullivan,RN, AFAA