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The Obesity Epidemic

I know not all of you teamRIPPED faithful are in the USA, but the vast majority of you are. And guess what … we are a bunch of FATTIES! Look at this data from 1998 about the obesity rate in America (as defined by a BMI over 30, which is equivalent to a 5’4″ person being over 30 lbs overweight):

Notice all the Dark Blue! Those Dark Blue areas are states where 15-19% of the population is obese! Not good! Oh, but wait, that was 14 years ago. What’s it looking like these days?

The Centers for Disease Control issued the following Data in 2009. Sad stuff!

There’s only 1 blue state left! We thought blue was bad in 1998 — now we only have one state still in the blue! The rest are way past blue!!! Most states are at least 25% obese!

And I live in Oklahoma, where we are trying to set some sort of FLAB record! One third of my state is OBESE!! Good grief!

That 10 year trend should shock and scare every one of us! What’s it going to look like by 2020? 2030?

Oh, and did you realize that not only are we a bunch of fatties, we are also busting our budgets thanks to obesity-related medical costs Check out these numbers:

State-Level Estimated Annual Medical Costs of Obesity

Estimated Adult Obesity-Attributable Percentages and Expenditures, by State (1998–2000)

State (Millions $)
Alabama $1320
Alaska $195
Arizona $752
Arkansas $663
California $7675
Colorado $874
Connecticut $856
Delaware $207
District of Columbia $372
Florida $3987
Georgia $2133
Hawaii $290
Idaho $227
Illinois $3439
Indiana $1637
Iowa $783
Kansas $657
Kentucky $1163
Louisiana $1373
Maine $357
Maryland $1533
Massachusetts $1822
Michigan $2931
Minnesota $1307
Mississippi $757
Missouri $1636
Montana $175
Nebraska $454
Nevada $337
New Hampshire $302
New Jersey $2342
New Mexico $324
New York $6080
North Carolina $2138
North Dakota $209
Oklahoma $854
Ohio $3304
Oregon $781
Pennsylvania $4138
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island $305
South Carolina $1060
South Dakota $195
Tennessee $1840
Texas $5340
Utah $393
Vermont $141
Virginia $1641
Washington $1330
West Virginia $588
Wisconsin $1486
Wyoming $87
Total $75,051

What would our founding fathers think to see us eating ourselves to death in this glorious free country they fought and bled to give us??

The foods we eat every day contribute to our well-being. Foods provide us with the nutrients we need for healthy bodies and the calories we need for energy. If we eat too much, however, the extra food turns to fat and is stored in our bodies. If we overeat regularly, we gain weight, and if we continue to gain weight, we become obese.

Obesity means accumulation of excess fat on the body. Obesity is considered a chronic (long-term) disease, like high blood pressure or diabetes. It has many serious long-term consequences for your health, and it is the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States (tobacco is the first). Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30. The BMI is a measure of your weight relative to your height. Granted, BMI doesn’t take into account the amount of muscle mass an individual has. So in my case, I have a higher than normal BMI even though I am not at all fat. However, the cases of high BMI due to muscularity is such a small portion of the population that it hardly matters in this discussion.

Obesity is an epidemic in the United States and in other developed countries. More than half of Americans are overweight-including at least 1 in 5 children. Nearly one third are obese. Obesity is on the rise in our society because food is abundant and physical activity is optional. Gone are the days when kids played outside all day. Now it’s video games, TV, and junkfood.

Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on dieting, diet foods, diet books, diet pills, and the like. Another $45 billion is spent on treating the diseases associated with obesity. Furthermore, businesses suffer an estimated $20 billion loss in productivity each year from absence due to illness caused by obesity.

My question to you is what are you doing to fight obesity? I’m sure we all know someone who can benefit from P90X, Insanity, Power 90, Turbo Fire, or Chalean Extreme. Lets Spread the word and try to help bring this obesity % down!! We can make a difference! It starts with us! We can make the change first in ourselves. Then in our family. Then in our neighborhood. Then in our churches / workplace / etc. It’s a ripple effect. Let’s do it!

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27 comments
Joe
Joe

A patient that was 4, definitely not my kid!!!!!!

Joe
Joe

I work in an ER here in Tulsa and have done p90x, x2, insanity, and asylum. I just ordered the body beast and I could easily say fitness is my life. I moved here from one of the "skinny" states and cannot believe the obesity here in Tulsa. I work in a health field where most of my workers are obese and think I'm nuts for doin what I do! It is sad but I had a 4 year old that had a blood pressure reading of 160/102. Hypertension at 4!!!!! We need to start doing something to change the future for these kids.

Angelo
Angelo

If anyone has Netflix you should watch the movie killer at large. It is an eye opener. The people that are working out to the level of P90X are a different breed. Might be a bit OCD but still have the ability to realize the general public is being killed by bad food and lack of physical activity. I am glad I found my way here and this is not a short term solution, it has to be a rejection of the industrial food corporations for me. We only shop the perimeter most trips to the market.

Dr. Big E
Dr. Big E

Coach Wayne, I always love reading your blogs. I'm a pediatrician, I can certainly sympathize with this input. I recently had an 8 year old girl with type 2 diabets, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. She weighed 220 pounds... AT EIGHT!!!. It's just unbelievable. I have started telling people about the P90X cook book to help at least provide a well balanced meal for their children. I can't suggest weight training at her age, but quality nutrition can go a long way. Thanks for all you do.

travis
travis

ok yea the more i thought about it ill just finish out this round in my hybrid with him and then i think im gonna order x2

travis
travis

Hey coach... I was wondering if you have ever done a whole round of insanity... My dad wants to do a whole round of insanity and I have never done a whole round of insanity... I'm on my fifth round of p90x. With 3 of them being hybrids with insanity... Do you think that would be a bad idea? ... I've always wanted to hit 5% body fat

Jason
Jason

Please don't forget that the published numbers for the estimated medical costs of obesity is from 1998 to 2000. Just imagine what the estimated costs would be if they were updated for 2012...double, maybe triple...maybe more? Scary!

Scott
Scott

Awesome post coach, My wife and I were joking about your comment on "Gone are the day's of kids playing outside all day". When I was a kid, if you were punished, you were sent to your room. Now, if you punish your kids, you have to kick them outside to get some fresh air because there's too much "fun stuff" to do in the house. I used to bike more in a day than most kids do all summer now. All we can do is be the example by leading by example. Let's do this for our kids, which happen to be the future of America.......

Josh
Josh

Also, i got it up to 3000 calories and i only eat this much this week but just breakfast alone took me about an hour to get down because it was so much and i could barely breath after. What should do about this?

PCPMarine
PCPMarine

I was at the Iowa State Fair over the weekend and can confirm this report, ha ... ugh!

David
David

Hey coach do you think VP candidate Paul Ryan will make P90x even more popular since all you can see on the news is him doing P90x :-)?

Josh
Josh

Hey coach, I have to up the calories for my week 3 of phase 3 diet for X2. My goal is 3000 but i can only get to 2700 because i can't think of any foods to eat. They need to be more on the protein side and they can't be almonds because I'm eating about 374687658734 a day :). Any suggestions would help.

Amar
Amar

Hey coach great article! I hope we all wake And realize where we are headed?? I an thinking about using body beast to lean out a bit more For about a month and learn the pace and routine and then Really beast up. I am also doing insanity twice a week to accelerate the process. Is that a bad idea? I just love the bodybeast workout!!

RippedVenom
RippedVenom

This is crazy this country is on a downward spiral. I just watched The documentary Food Matters and that was an eye-opener. This post and that documentary should be mandatory for everyone in this country. We are what we eat! Let's spread the word TeamRipped!!

Bo
Bo

Very scary and interesting information in this write up! I didnt realize our own state was to that point!

TrainerDavid
TrainerDavid

Thanks Coach I havent missed a workout since I started so I really dbt wanna miss a workout now. Should I do plyo bur back off a bit or should I do cardio x. if you were in my shoes which of the two would you choose. Missing a workout is not an option :) thanks in advance. Also wat is your personal email cause I wanna send you some pics.

TrainerDavid
TrainerDavid

Hi Coach, I have a couple of questions. Let me start by giving you an update. Yesturday I started my last phase. I am so excited. I started this whole process at 190 pounds at 21% bf. I am on day 57 and I wiegh 175 pounds at approx. 10% bf. My goal is 8%. So, last week (recovery week) I had to have oral surgery on my teeth and gums. I was put under during the surgery. I am on antibiotics and pain medication (i try not to take it but my mouth HURTS). Yesturday I did chest and back and threw up in the middle of the workout. This has never happened to me before. I know that I am having trouble eating ENOUGH due to the surgery and I know that my body has this medication in it. So it may be because of that but Im not sure. After I threw up I completed my workout (barely). Today I have plyometrics and Im a little nervous. I dont want to slow my progress and Im not trying to make excuses but shoule I substitute plyo with cardio x or will that slow my progress? Also I am still on the 1900 at 50%-30%-20%. If my goal is 8% bf and Im at 10% do I stay on the 1900 or can I increase to 2000 at 40%-40%-20%? Also, Unfortunately I got layed off from my job last week so I dont know if I can afford to increase my calories too much. ANd through all this thats going on I am still pushin play everyday knowing that God will take care of us. My wife is a stay at home mom too. At least we are getting to spend more time together. Thanks in advance coach and please if you wouldnt mind can you say a little prayer for me and my family?

TrainerDavid
TrainerDavid

Hi Coach and everyone at teamripped. Great post coach. I am a nurse and have seen first hand what an unhealthy lifestyle leads to. I used to be that person that neglected his health even while working as a nurse. I started to look around and couldnt help but notice that all us nurses spend hours on hours taking care of the sick while neglecting our own health. My work just sent out our new enrollment package for our insurance and the insurance went up $300 per month for one person. To get insurance benefits for my whole family would now cost me $1300 dollars per month! The letter also stated that the cost went up due to UNEXPECTED usage by our own employees! I was shocked! Since I am a personal trainer I have been trying to convince my job that we would benefit from a health and wellness program. The hardest part is getting people on board. I cant believe how hard it is to get people to care about their own health. I am currently formulating a workout and eating regimen for my boss who just had a heart attack two months ago. I hoping that when he sees great results on his lab work and overall health from my workout and eating program that he will jump on board and help push for the health and wellness program. Its just so sad how these buisness mogals process the food they sell to us. They have all these chemicals and substances added so that the food will last longer so that they can still potentially make a dollar. And they do all this knowing that they are causing illnesses and deaths. But look at the costs above. As long as the top guy makes his dollar he doesnt care what it cost the people. But its gotten so bad that thats all gonna change. This is one huge reason why our country is in so much debt. One day...the law makers are gonna realize that it is gonna save a lot of money for us to be healthy. Instead of paying docters more for sick patients they are gonna end up paying more for making people healthier. Then thats where we come in. The "fitness people", we are gonna help change the country and I truly believe that. Its just gonna take some time but people will eventually catch on. Sorry if I was rambling. Keep up the good work and Keep BRINGIN IT!

Rohit Surya
Rohit Surya

WOW Coach!! SCARY!!!! Quick Question. What devices do you suggest to track body fat, calorie or BMI in real time for examples like Nike Fuel Band, FitBit ultra or anything that you are aware of? Thanks! Rohit

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Travis, I have never done an Insanity only round. There are too many benefits to weight training to give them up. Insanity is great at shredding fat, but not as good as P90X/X2 at building and maintaining muscle.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Josh, try adding some liquid calories to make it a little easier. This is also where 5-6 meals a day makes it easier to get in all your food.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

It's pretty awesome publicity David!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Amar, you could add Insanity but I think you will find that the Build workouts from Body Beast are calorie burners on their own!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

David, I think cardioX would be a good option. Less jolting on your mouth.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

David, get some rest man. you won't hurt your results if you are staying true to your nutrition plan. It would be much better to fully heal than wear your body and immune system out. 100 calories won't change much, but 1900 will still be faster than 2000. I will definitely pray for you, keep your head up!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Rohit, I use good old caliper and a site called linear-software.com. They have an online form to enter measurements and calculate your BF%.