Obesity sweeps the country

Last week, my roommate shared a piece of information with me that blew my mind: According to an article she read, two-thirds of our country is overweight and one-third is obese.

Upon hearing this information, I started to laugh. In all sincerity, I thought she was joking. “Are you serious?” I asked, hoping that she wasn’t.

She nodded in response. I sat on my bed in shock, unable to believe that so many people don’t care about their physical wellness.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, though. We live in a world where fast food has replaced the traditional home-cooked meal, where elevators are preferred over stairs and where exercise requires too much effort.

Nevertheless, it is time that society changes this leading way of

Despite the prevailing opinion that being heavier than the average human is OK, this mentality is incorrect. In fact, such an attitude can lead to the development of serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Unfortunately, this issue cannot be fixed in a short period of time. Staying fit is a lifestyle, not a one- or two-week fling.

In spite of popular belief, becoming healthy can’t be achieved by way of anorexia, bulimia, or any other disorder. While not eating or regurgitating meals may cause rapid weight loss, these methods are actually worse for one’s body than just being overweight. In all honesty, working out at a gym and choosing low-fat foods are the best options to becoming physically fit.

Hopefully, people will start to realize that being healthy is much better than not. I know I did.