As I was watching a scene from WALL-E, I noticed it had an eery resemblance to our community when thinking about technology, our obesity rates, “herd” mentality; creativity is discouraged as is thinking for yourself. If you do, “cancel culture” is very real. It is fascinating how we got here.
From 1995 to 2005
After adjusting for age, obesity prevalence was 15.6% in 1995, 19.8% in 2000, and 23.7% in 2005. The CDC found that the prevalence of obesity increased significantly from 1995 to 2005 in all states.
According to the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity rates have tripled since 1975. And the worst part of all? 38 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2019.
Antidepressant long-term use went from 30.3% between 1995 and 2005 compared to 43.7% for 2005–2015.
ADHD medication usage was relatively low until 2000, during which the prescription rate was 42.7%, increasing to 394.4% in 2015, corresponding to an almost 800% increase. The increase was seen in all age groups and both sexes but was steepest in boys aged 10–14 years. The prescription rate in males was almost 5X that of females. Methylphenidate remained the most prescribed drug during the 20‐year study period, representing 88.9% of all prescriptions in the 6–24‐year‐old group and 63.5% of all adults’ prescriptions.
Google was founded in 1998
Facebook was founded in 2004
Since leaving corporate in 2018 for a much-needed break, I have lost and kept off nearly 30lbs and slashed my cholesterol by over 40%… without a single pill. I am 5'10", 42 years old, and weighing in at around 140lbs with a total cholesterol level at 134.
To successfully lose weight and keep vitals like cholesterol in check, I took the approach that health is a lifestyle, not something I do off and on.I exercise nearly every single day.
I overhauled my diet; I removed nearly all gluten, dairy, and red meat. Greek yogurt is an exception.
I don’t count calories. I don’t drink much alcohol. I don’t smoke. And I love carbs; Rice, potatoes, fruit, veggies, organic popsicles, and my favorite go-to vice, organic gummy bears.
Life can throw us all for a curve, and I am no different. Despite hair getting chopped, divorce, coronavirus, two moves, a new job, car accident, and other unusual mishaps, I have focused on my goals and what matters. I don’t subscribe to excuses. Nor do I subscribe to the victim mentality. I do not take antidepressants; I will however have a good cry every so often and keep it moving!
In 2019, I hit 1,234 running miles.
My stats for 2020 so far are:
955 Running Miles
1,252 Cycling Miles
38+ Swimming Miles
Slow and Steady.
My approach to health is not instant gratification. 30lbs in two years is an average of just over a pound/month weight loss. Slow and Steady.
I hope those new to embracing a healthy lifestyle stick with it. The results will come with persistence, hard work, and patience. If I can do it, I have all the faith you can do it too!! Please don’t give up.