Fighting the Obesity Problem in Kentucky- Want vs. Need!

U.S. obesity rate projected to reach 50% by 2030, Kentucky much higher!

“Some experts hope that an upcoming United Nations meeting can establish a framework for obesity control.

Ha, now that’s funny, sad and pathetic all at the same time!

New data, old data it’s all the same, show that obesity rates in the United States will hit alarming levels in the next 20 years if nothing changes and nothing will change. This has prompted researchers to call on governments to take the lead in fighting the increasingly global epidemic. Yeah right!

The call comes as the United Nations is set to hold its first high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases Sept. 19-20 in New York.

In the U.S. alone, study expect 65 million more obese adults by 2030 if trends continues, and it will. That would mean that 50% of the nation’s men would be obese and 45% to 52% of women would be obese, one of the studies showed. There are 99 million obese individuals in the U.S — about one in three people — although rates vary by sex and ethnicity.

Those extra numbers on the scale translate to an increase in health problems. In the U.S., authors of one of the studies expect to see 7.8 million extra cases of diabetes by 2030, 6.8 million more cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, and 539,000 extra cancer cases if weight gain continues.1 in 3 people in the U.S. is obese.


Those numbers are fine and dandy, but what is real problem behind the weight problem. Where is the dis-connect? What is the solution?

Need vs. Want

There is no denying the fact we, (you) have a weight problem. There also are thousands of studies that suggest the NEED for some solution but, need is not the issue!

We can all agree that the need for you to take better care of yourself is there, and will continue to grow with the population. However, what is seriously lagging is the WANT to, not the how or need to.

In the end of the day, you have to want to feel better. And you would be surprise at how many just don’t care if they feel better or not!

If I have learned anything in the almost thirty years of being a fitness and health consultant its this; people usually only start to take care of their health after they are scared out of their wits by a doctor, heart attack, stroke or close friend and relative dying!

So how does an individual get to the point of wanting to exercise and eat better? Unfortunately most are only motivated by one thing, and that is FEAR. Until something of value is threatened to be taken from you, you won’t act. In most cases, people have to be scared into exercise, which is sad in of itself. I don’t know of many, who just wake up one day and say,

“Oh I think I will start walking today and cut out the ice cream just for the heck of it.”

At the end of the day, it would sure be better to live your life on your terms rather than on life’s. But, if you wait to get some exercise and eat better later on when you NEED to, then life has you. And that’s not a good feeling from the heart.

Unfortunately the WANT will never come close to the need and Obesity will eat this country up from the INSIDE OUT!

Greg Ryan is an accomplished author, personal trainer, life coach and owner of Resolutions Preventative Health Care through Fitness for Seniors and Diabetics in St. Matthews.