1. How would you feel if food labels told you how much exercise it would take to burn off the calories? Imagine a soda, granola bar, bag of chips, or even pizza that showing you how long it would take to walk or run it off. I’ll be honest… If I’m in the mood for pizza, I’m gonna eat pizza regardless of the exercise required to negate the calories. However, some people may feel like this is helpful. The best way to make good dietary choices is to be knowledgeable and motivated to live a healthy lifestyle.
2. A new study says that obese people now outnumber underweight people globally for the first time in history. Looking back at multiple studies it seems that people are about 3-4 pounds heavier each decade. Polynesia and Micronesia have the highest average BMI in the world. While Timor-Leste, Ethiopia and Eritrea have the lowest average BMI. If these trends continue, about one fifth of the world will be at risk for health issues including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Here is some more information on how to fight obesity.
3. A young girl is refusing to calculate her BMI for a school assignment. I have talked about using body mass index (BMI) before as a marker for overweight and obesity. There are fundamental flaws in the formula in that it does not take into account body composition, but it is useful for practitioners using their clinical judgement as to whether or not someone’s body weight is healthy or not. I say just calculate your BMI for a school assignment and keep focused on a healthy lifestyle. I’m all about positive body image when it is combined with wellness.