Health, Obesity, and the Capitalism Conflict

Posted by eric on January 13, 2012

I've written about the challenges of getting people to decide to be fit, I've written about being a good influence to those around you, and I've written about numerous ways to try and improve upon your fitness regimen.

But looking back, the one article I've written so far to date that continues to pull on me is where I outline the lobbying efforts of those companies who continue to benefit from an unhealthy populace.

So now it's time to look forward - to be candid about the most challenging aspects of turning around the world-wide epidemic of poor health. And they have nothing to do with calories, exercise, taxation, or fitness opportunities.

It's all about money.

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Keep it simple

Posted by eric on January 10, 2012

Over the past several days it seems as though a number of articles destressing the importance of the energy balance equation in weight loss/gain/maintenance have popped up. Diets that attempt to focus solely on the amount of carbohydrates one consumes, or how hormonal imbalances or food sensitivities can negatively impact a person's ability to meet their weight and fitness goals.

Guess what? One-third of Americans are obese. In terms of numbers, that's 105 MILLION obese people in the US alone. World-wide there's a similar problem, but the US leads the pack by far. So how did over 100M Americans get to be in this condition? Hormonal imbalance? Celiac Disease? Or, more likely, by eating too many of the wrong foods and not burning off the excess energy obtained from them.

Sure, there are exceptions, maybe even as much as 10% (as a note, Celiac Disease accounts for about 3% of the US population, not all of whom are obese), but for the remaining 90% it's better to keep things simple.

Here's why:

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Looking to lose weight? Plan ahead.

Posted by eric on January 6, 2012

It's the New Year, and for many of us, that means making resolutions that include losing weight. If you are one of those looking to do that, before you get started make sure you have lined out an appropriate plan to get from where you are to where you want to be. 

This is important whether you're looking to lose 5 pounds, 50 pounds, or more. The key is to understand the details of how to achieve your goal. 

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Goals for the New Year

Posted by eric on December 27, 2011

Yes, it's that time again - the New Year. Time for celebrations, reflections, and resolutions. I can't help you with the celebrations part; we have two birthdays on the 1st so we're booked. However, I do hope I can give you some ideas on how to reflect back on the past and build some useful resolutions for the coming year and beyond.

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Nutrition Education via Labeling

Posted by eric on December 19, 2011

There have been a number of articles recently discussing ways to properly "educate" consumers about the foods they eat via labeling (example). I've mentioned many times in my blogs and on my website that I'm not a trained nutritionist, so take this with a grain of salt I suppose, but I'm struggling with how adding something like an "amount of exercise" label to food really addresses the need for nutrition education.

Here's why:

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You are what you eat

Posted by eric on December 16, 2011

Sure, it's a bit of an over-used cliché, but in the end we all are what we choose to eat. Or, at least, what we eat contributes to how we feel, how we look, and how long we'll live.

Unfortunately, most of us don't take the time to consider what it is we're eating and how it can impact our lives - either positively or negatively.

Here's my take:

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It will be a battle

Posted by eric on December 9, 2011

All of us in the fitness industry - well, most of us anyway - have a fairly altruistic goal. Help people live healthier lives. Certainly there's a financial reason for the bulk of us, but our intentions and our practices are positive.

The challenge we face is that, as an industry, we are pretty disjointed. There are some larger companies, but even "large" in this arena pales against the Goliaths of the world that have led us to where we are in the battle for our health.

What are we up against?

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DNA - make it work for you

Posted by eric on December 7, 2011

Do your genes predispose you to being obese? Perhaps. But I contend that you can use another type of DNA to combat obesity and live a healthy life. My DNA? Dedication. Nutrition. Action. 

Why all three and not just a quick-fix diet?

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You can lead a horse to water...

Posted by eric on December 4, 2011

I realize that I have a bit of a skewed view - I've been into fitness for as long as I can remember. Joined a running club in high school, continued running and weightlifting throughout college, and married a fitness buff who's now a personal trainer. So maybe that's why I simply can't understand why so many people are so unwilling to address fundamental problems with their lifestyles that will end up impacting their longevity and quality of life.

Why is that?

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Housekeeping Hangups

Posted by eric on December 1, 2011

I travel. More than many, less than others, but in the end, I spend about 50-60 nights a year in a hotel. I know I've talked about the fitness side of travel, but I'd also like to talk about the environmental side of travel...

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