18 Jul 2013
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
Change can be difficult when it comes to health. Why is this so?
Well, let's start with some observations. There seems to be a preoccupation with living our lives wishing for time to accomplish more of the tasks we have undertaken. This has caused many of us to lose focus and – in some cases – not pay attention to our health.
We're placing more and more trust in gadgets, medical shots, pills, liquid shakes, body wraps and fads thinking they can help us stay healthy. In search of quick-and-simple fixes we run the risk of incurring severe healthcare problems.
We have accepted and now believe that diseases such as obesity, chronic kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are supposed to happen to us as we get older. We view them as merit badges of life.
These badges, however, are causes for major concern. There are costs associated with them. Then there are those who try to abuse the healthcare system. Meanwhile, we all pay the cost for those who try to "beat the system" and for those truly suffering individuals who elect not to pay adequate attention to their health.
This scenario is being played out as the world becomes technologically advanced. And yet, as we do, we have moved to eliminate physical activity from our school systems and supported a mindset that exercise is of no importance and has no benefit.
Sadly, some have been misled into believing that in choosing a healthier life you lose those delicious comfort foods you see in television commercials and ads. The truth is that those media-promoted foods have greatly contributed to our major health-related issues. As for taste, it's just the opposite of what you'd expect. Once your taste buds begin to change you're able to taste the freshness of your fruits and vegetables as never before. That's when you realize how wonderful and delicious eating healthy can be.
What happens when we don't do the things that are known to prevent and reverse healthcare issues?
Look around. Obesity has taken over our society. It appears that one out of every three individuals has some type of weight problem. Weight issues lead to dramatic changes that in today's time are generally accepted and now are viewed as an unpreventable way of life.
Let's examine how being obese can affect your life and – in most cases – endanger it.
Among the newest franchises popping up in certain neighborhoods are kidney dialysis centers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 20 million Americans age 20 years and older have chronic kidney disease, with kidney disease being cited as more prevalent in women than in men.
More facts: Twenty-six million Americans have diabetes; Eighty percent of African-American women are obese; and, chillingly, one in four African-American women die from heart disease.
It is time to realize that we need to make big changes and not small ones. We have tried to do better with just the little ones and failed. We have tried to remain comfortable eating and enjoying our comfort foods. And now have a major healthcare crisis on our hands.