It is official: Ohio is the eighth most-obese state in the US–well, at least according to a Gallup Inc. survey. The study also exposed that about 31% of the Buckeye State’s population is obese, based on 2013 statistics. This doesn’t sit well, obviously, now that obesity is considered a serious disease by most health authorities. The Dayton Business Journal expounds on the ailment:
“Obesity — defined in this study as having a BMI, or Body Mass Index, of 30 or more — brings with it a host of chronic diseases, as well as business costs from higher health care rates.
Overall, the U.S. obesity rate rose to 27.1 percent in 2013 from 26.2 percent in 2012 and up from 25.5 percent in 2008.”
With all the delightful things to eat in Ohio, it’s no surprise that the trend toward obesity is increasing in the area—implying also that not many Ohioans are living a healthy lifestyle and spending time in a reputable Columbus fitness center like Go Fitness Center. This negative outcome is understandable, however, because the process of staying fit really does take away plenty of precious time, which many people simply do not have.
Still, the survey should be a wake-up call to draw the attention of citizens to all the possible sickness they can get just by being overweight. The more obese people become, the more likely they will suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even depression—the three things that commonly hit large individuals, according to Gallup.
Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone should start exercising right off the bat; a little drive, though, can help the body release some of its stored energy. Harvard University believes that obesity is not as easy as it looks because issues like age, body size, and genes all play a role in it. The main factor, though, is the amount of energy that a person expends every day, which can also be translated to the amount of calories he burns daily.
In essence, obesity happens when there’s too much energy stored up, as a result of living a sedentary lifestyle. Releasing pent-up energy is what regular exercise hopes to address. The World Health Organization and US Health Department recommends about two and a half hours of physical activity every week for a person to stay fit “in relative safety”. Too much physical activity can result in long-term injuries, muscle strains, or worse.
Determining the best type of exercise should be left in the hands of a reliable Fitness trainer in Columbus, like those at Go Fitness Center. When considering the amount of energy Ohioans need to release, the state obviously has plenty of catching up to do.
(Source: Ohio among top 10 most-obese states, Dayton Business Journal, March 7, 2014)
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