Is Obesity "The New Normal"?

Updated: Aug 19

According to the 1960 survey by National Health & Nutrition Examination, the average man was 5’8” and 166 lbs. In 2018, the average man is 5’9” and 197 pounds. For non-pregnant women, in 1960, the average height was 5’3” and 140 lbs. compared to today’s stats of 5’4” and 170 lbs.

This survey shows that given the weight increase of roughly 30 lbs in both men and women with no significant increase in height, the average BMI has also significantly increased – to 29.1 in men and 29.6 women, both close to the cutoff defined as “obese” which is a BMI of 30.

This latest data shows that we continue to have a significant health problem, the growing normalization of obesity. If the “average” American is nearly obese, then it becomes the new normal! This can make it difficult for people to get motivated to improve their health, weight loss, and improve lifestyle.

In terms of human biology, being obese is not “normal.” Our genes evolved in ancient times when food supplies were unpredictable and physical activity levels were high. We are well suited to survive by conserving calories (aka storing fat) to support us during times of famine. Unfortunately, in today’s world where calories are abundant and physical activity isn’t a daily requirement, these genetics don’t serve us well. The modern environment may have induced the obesity epidemic. The best way to counteract that is through individual choice.

As a health/fitness coach, I recommend making your health your priority! Set yourself up to win right from the start. Set up your personal space with healthy food choices, higher in nutrients but low in calories (think fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and add in FUN daily physical activities. You have to enjoy your activities, so you will look forward to moving EVERYDAY!

For some, this is not enough to keep them on track. So, many search for external support. There are so many programs available but how do we know what the right program is?

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