Most people could agree that the benefits of leading an active life are not hidden in a doctor’s office filing cabinet somewhere but actually are common knowledge. Psychical activity is widely recognized as a way to fight diseases, help people stay at a healthy weight, lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, certain cancers, as well as reduce stress and boost mood, and has an overall positive effect on a person’s life and general well-being. Despite this, In the United States the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children, adolescents, and adults has risen at an alarming rate over the past 30 years. So the question is then, what can we do about it, as both professionals and as ammeters?
One method of intervention is encouraging people to visit their local clinics and get advice tailored to their bodies about the levels of exercise they should implement in their daily lives. This way a physician is able to start a conversation with their patients about the importance of exercise in relation to their health. Increasing understanding when it comes to what people should be doing is the first step towards a healthier society. The second step is learning how to encourage good behavior when it comes to physical activity.
Promoting healthy behaviors is vitally important in alleviating the obesity crisis. Patients are able to help put the spotlight on this movement of sorts and also motivate themselves and others to remain physically active through social networks. These networks involve buddy systems with friends and family that hold each other accountable for meeting their goals. Receiving support through networks of people encourages a good work ethic and a regular routine of physical activity.
It is important to keep in mind though, that staying physically active or inactive isn’t always an easy choice for an individual. Their environment plays a huge factor in their health habits. People, for example, are more likely to be in shape and active if they live near parks, live in neighborhoods with easy foot traffic abilities, and are within walking distance to their workplace or school. The opposite is also true, people are less likely to lead healthy lifestyles if their recreation opportunities are limited or if they are forced to use cars to get from point A to point B.
To accomplish the goal of reducing obesity among not just Americans, but globally, we need the aid of doctors, sociologists, physicians, city planners, engineers, and neighborhoods to work together in promoting healthy lifestyles among communities .To create lasting behavioral change everyone has to put in the work, this includes patients, doctors, community leaders, and even the government. There isn’t an easy fix to the rising obesity crisis but such changes are essential to make physical activity an integral and natural part of people’s everyday lives, and ultimately, to turn around the obesity epidemic.