The Supersizing Sickness – Obesity In America

Screen shot 2011 08 28 at 2.55.28 PM 300x220 The Supersizing Sickness   Obesity In AmericaDear Healer’s Way Readers,

I was just reading through the Health section of the Huffington Post when I came across this article. it’s kind of a ‘downer’, and it’s not about energy healing per se but I thought it would prove a powerful springboard into some conversation about wellness, healing and the blocked energy that accompanies obesity.

A couple of thing I want to say though, before you read on: 1). I know that the mass media is prone to exaggeration (understatement, at best), so there’s a sensationalism about the headline below which I don’t necessarily buy into, BUT … 2). it’s pretty darn obvious, nonetheless, that peeps are expanding to morbid proportions in the USA and elsewhere. 3). The question is: why? Okay yes, we know that the shear amount of low quality food now available for cheap is a big part of this, but aren’t we living in the post-1980s, when health food, organics, aerobics and “Buns of Steel” consciousness flooded the collective psyche? What’s going on here and what does it have to do with a deep degree of DISCONNECT from Spirit and from Mother Earth? These are the questions I’m asking myself as I watch the expanding American waistline. I’d love to know your thoughts.

Half Of Americans To Be Obese By 2030: Report

by Amanda Chan

Half of Americans will be obese by 2030 if things continue the way they are now, according to four new papers in the Lancet. And as a result, there will also be an additional 6.8 million cases of stroke and heart disease, 7.8 million cases of diabetes and 539,000 cases of cancer, which could place an extra $66 billion burden on the nation’s healthcare bill, according to the research.

“At the rate we’re looking at right now, it’s a dire prediction,” study researcher Claire Wang, of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, told ABC News. “Something has to be done.”

Numbers & Sizes Rising

Right now in the United States, about 32 percent of men and 35 percent of women are obese, researchers said. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI, a measure of height and weight) above 30. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal weight.

Researchers pinned a lot of the blame on the food industry, which more and more is producing cheap and processed foods that have led to “passive overconsumption.” Therefore, they said, more measures will be needed to curb the influencing factors that contribute to obesity.

The UK is Doing it, Too

Obesity rates in the U.K. are also expected to balloon, with 41 to 48 percent of men and 35 to 43 percent of women expected to be obese by 2030, compared with 26 percent of the population who is obese today.

Previous studies have made similar forecasts: A 2007 British study predicted half the U.K. population would be obese by 2032.

Elsewhere in the world, the obesity rates are lower, Reuters reported. In Japan and China, for example, 1 in 20 women is obese, while 1 in 10 women are obese in the Netherlands and 1 in 4 women are obese in Australia. On the other hand, obesity rates are extremely high in Tonga, with 7 in 10 obese there.

Earlier this summer, a report came out detailing the most and least obese states in the United States. The fittest is Colorado, with an obesity rate of barely less than 20 percent, while Mississippi is the fattest state, as more than 30 percent of its residents are obese.

What’s it all About?

Have you wondered why Americans and UK peeps in particular seem to keep getting larger – even in a context of greater spiritual awakening? Do you think there’s a kind of polarization of consciousness that’s going on – one that manifests (of course) in the physical body? What are the overall energetic properties of obesity? Is this about blocked energy? Is it about insulating oneself from pain? Is it about fear? Or really, is it just about crappy diet and unconscious lifestyle? Share your thoughts with me on this subject. I’d love your insights.

Many blessings,Dawn

 

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