4 Things You Should Know About America’s Obesity Epidemic
Although Americans are aware that obesity is a big problem in the United States, most are not aware of the severity of this crisis. For this reason, PHIT America partners with fitness and health companies, such as Nautilus Inc., to educate Americans on how to live a healthier lifestyle.
Below are just a few “news flashes” for Americans on the obesity epidemic.
Five years ago, Dr. Steven Blair stated that “physical inactivity is the biggest public health problem in the 21st Century.” Since then, nobody has provided research evidence to refute the claim by Blair that was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2009. After speaking with PHIT America, Dr. Blair is convinced that his statement remains as accurate now as it was five years ago when his editorial for BJSM was published. “There was a higher percentage of deaths in our research population in the U.S. due to inactivity than from smoking, obesity and diabetes combined,” states Blair.
New research by the Physical Activity Council of 40,000 Americans shows children who do not have physical education (P.E.) are more than twice as likely to be totally sedentary outside of school. And, children who have physical education are two to three times more likely to be play sports and be active outside of school than children without physical education.
The medical profession has spoken about obesity. Now, it’s time for the general public to listen. Based on research conducted by PHIT America, the negative side effects of America’s inactivity pandemic are startling, yet true. Here is a collection of 10 unusual, but real issues with inactivity.
The answer is “Pro-Physical Activity” Legislation. While many issues in the U.S. Congress divide Republicans and Democrats, there is one issue which brings both sides of the aisle together. It’s physical fitness, and it comes about through the Congressional support of both the PHIT Act & the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP).
About our Guest Contributor:
Jim Baugh, a lifelong sports industry executive & physical education advocate, founded PHIT America in January 2013. He was inducted into Sports Industry Hall of Fame in 2011 and is the former President of Wilson Sporting Goods. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) and GOLF 20/20 Executive Committee. He’s held similar roles with the Tennis Industry Association and United States Tennis Association.