Friday, May 04, 2007
What's wrong with this picture?
According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Mokdad, Ali H., Marks, James S. and Stroup Donna F. et. al. Actual Causes of Death in the United States, 2000. JAMA. 2004;291:1238-1245), obesity/physical inactivity remains the 2nd leading cause of preventable death in this country, narrowly trailing smoking. "Preventable death" is a term that has always bugged me as a health professional. It's maddening that millions of Americans are aware that certain types of activity/behaviors (smoking, not exercising, excess alcohol consumption, etc...) ruin both the quality and quantity of their lives, yet they continue to engage in such horrific activities. I'm admittedly ranting, but I can't help it. Even those who admit to exercising, often aren't doing enough, or even the right kind to benefit themselves. Gotta love the lazy folks who take the escalator at the gym...wow.