Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28 (HealthDay News)
-- Obesity in the United States now carries the hefty price tag of $147 billion per year in direct medical costs, just over 9 percent of all medical spending, experts reported at a national conference Tuesday in Washington, DC.
"To put that figure in perspective, the American Cancer Society estimates that all cancers combined cost our health care system $93 billion a year. So ending obesity would save our health care system 50 percent more dollars than curing cancer," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday morning in prepared remarks for the "Weight of the Nation" conference, sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This was an eye-opener for me! This is just plain scary! The price of Obesity is almost twice the cost of Cancer!
Read the article here at SparkPeople.
Another, related, article:
I cannot afford to take the medicines that would have been prescribed and wouldn't want to take them even if I had the money. Losing this weight was not an option for me, it was a necessity.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Fight for Your Food Rights
Who's to blame for the obesity epidemic? The suspects are many, from television to schools to parents. A growing number of people are arguing that one culprit--the food and beverage industry--is getting off relatively scot-free.
"The food industry is changing, but slowly," says Dr. Kelly Brownell, author of the book Food Fight, a look at America's obsession with food and what we can do about it. ~~~this is how the spark email started~~~below is my blog~~~
I wonder why no one ever suggests taking responsibility for our own actions?
Why is it that so many people no longer know how to prepare even a simple meal?
Eating in front of the TV was a "special treat" when TV Dinners came out in the 60's - when did it become standard fare? I still eat in front of the TV but not TV Dinners - "I cook, therefore I lose." While it is very possible to lose weight by eating TV Dinners (my sister lost tons of weight - only to put it all back on again when she resumed her cooking), too often the appetite is not satiated, leading to snacking.
When did picking up "Fast Food" on the way home become the norm for planned dinners/suppers?
I do agree that we are affected by our society - but the blame for my obesity was me. Pure and simple, I was obese because I overate.
When people ask me today, "how did you lose that weight?" I like to tell them I lost it by shutting my mouth and moving my feet. Eating less and moving more will bring on weight loss. Then I go on to tell them about SparkPeople and all the free tools available for the using. And I hand them my printed card about SparkPeople.
This is just my humble opinion of things. But I truly believe in taking responsibility for my own actions - especially for getting obese, and now for losing weight.
**edit: @prairiegirl44's comment:
I wasn't aware of HFCS and the consequences. But I am trying desperately to get away from anything canned and/or processed.
I have switched totally to frozen veggies and fresh fruit (or fruits I have frozen fresh) just to minimize sodium but it is nice to note that I am also saving myself from HFCS.
I do still eat jarred peanut butter and jelly but again try to make smarter choices with Natural PB that only has peanuts and salt and have been using Polaner and Smuckers jellies, either natural or low-sugar. (They do cost more but I am finding them at a Food Surplus/Thrift Store about $1 per jar.)
A surprising footnote is the less sugar I put into my body, the less my body is asking for sugar! A definite win-win situation!!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Another buddy of mine, ONEREALLYBIGDOG, had this blog today asking for prayers for THAMLEY. So I am repeating his blog as my blog today. After reading her blog I am not sure the prayers are for her - they could be for her dad - but all prayers will be welcomed. Thanks, Linda
Here are two things that I ask of anyone that reads this blog.
First, find her page (THAMLEY) and say a prayer for her. She is in the hospital with some unknown problems that the power of prayer might just help her!
Second, BE SURE TO READ HER BLOG, THE LINK IS AS FOLLOWS:
Thanks to all who choose to help/pray for her speedy recovery.
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