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The CDC predicts that by 2030, 42% of Americans will be obese.

The headline that caught my eye today; “Obesity fight must shift from personal blame: U.S. panel”. 

The Institute of Medicine, issued a 478 page report today… it raises some very interesting ideas.

The traditional view that blames obesity on a failure of personal responsibility and individual will power is being questioned in the report.  The IOM panel argues that people cannot truly exercise “personal choice” because their options are severely limited, and biased toward the unhealthy end of the continuum.

“We are living in a food carnival, constantly bombarded by food cues, almost all of them unhealthy”.  David Kessler former head of the USDA.

“America’s obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures – from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax – to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said today.”  Sharon Begley Reuters.

My thoughts.

It is so easy to get caught up in the daily headlines.  I cruise the headlines every morning and not a day passes without a news regarding obesity & sickness.  It can be overwhelming and very distracting to the fundamental issue at hand.  How is your own personal health? 

I don’t mean to sound selfish here but I do believe at its core; Self Preservation is the primary motivation, it is human nature.  By primary, I mean, it is the initial motivation that is the catalyst for your personal change.  As an example, I belong to a group – the Cardiac Athletes.  We all have had issues with their hearts and are now making measurable changes in our approach to health.  It is a very motivated group because we have to be.

I do believe if offered, more people could make healthier choices and in turn slowly chip away at the obesity of a nation.  I do believe this is happening now.  It is happening because the causation is disease and sickness.  As I have stated before: The current path is unsustainable because it is killing off the customers.  But it is going to take time.  Lots of time.

Changing policies and public opinion, is like stopping the Titanic.  At cruising speed of 32 knots it would take under a mile.  The momentum is simply to powerful at this point to make significant change.  My suggestion is to abandon ship.  Grab your loved ones, jump on the nearest life raft, and row for your life. 

Unfortunately, it is going to take a lot more grisly statistics until we see change; and the change will come from the consumers demanding it, not policy makers.  You can build more sidewalks, a suggestion from the IOM, but you can’t make someone walk on them.  However, diagnose someone with obesity related disease and you will likely create a pedestrian.

Take care of yourself.  I have begun the process of reversing my heart disease and the results are already showing a reduction of the plaque in my carotid arteries.  Simple, I base all my nutritional intake on plants and avoid oil.  http://wholefed.org/2012/05/03/reversing-plaque-maybe-its-the-aluminium-foil-hat-i-made/

The Centers for Disease Control is hosting a three-day conference this week to discuss the IOM report.

Also, HBO is airing a documentary on the 14th & 15th: “The Weight of the Nation”.  http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/