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The Media Reveals The Truth About Obesity In America

Recent News Articles Discuss Obesity In America

The Centers For Disease Control Report: The State of Obesity 2020: Better Policies For A Healthier America cites adult obesity at 42.4 percent, the highest ever, and the first time the 40 percent mark has been exceeded.

In 2015-2016 the U.S. prevalence of obesity was 39.8 percent, affecting 93.8 million American adults.  Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

USNEWS.COM 2/10/21Obesity Helps Drive Half of New Diabetes Cases Among Americans, By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter

PUBLICHEALTH.ORG 2/27/21 – Obesity In America 

CBS NEWS 5/3/13  – CDC 80 Percent Of American Adults Don’t Get Recommended Exercise, By Ryan Jaslow

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY.COM 10/21/12Top Five Ways American Culture is Making You Fat, By Azadeh Aalai, Ph.D

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES, DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY HEALTH 7/25/17 – Overweight & Obesity Statistics: The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States

NYPOST.COM 9/20/2016 –This Is Why You’re Fat, America, By Reed Tucker

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.COM 8/14/16 – Cancer’s Hidden Helper: Your Fat, By Matthew Tontonoz

CONSUMER HEALTHDAY.COM 12/31/19 – Why Is There An Obesity Epidemic?, By Chris Woolston, HealthDay Reporter

FORTUNE.COM 6/28/18 – A Shocking Percentage of Americans Don’t Exercise Enough, CDC Says, By Sarah Gray

NEWSWEEK.COM 1/11/18 – America Is So Out Of Shape And Fat, It’s Putting U.S. Army Soldiers In Danger, By John Haltiwanger

MILITARY TIMES.COM 10/3/18 –  A Staggering Number Of Troops Are Fat And Tired, Report Says, By J.D. Simkins

THE ATLANTIC.COM 3/23/16 –  Less Than 3 Percent of Americans Live a ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ : Depressing Statistics From A New Study, By Julie Beck

BOSTON GLOBE.COM 4/14/13 – Exercise Goals Are Increasing, But Most Americans Do Not Work Out Enough, By Robert Weisman

NBC NEWS.COM 10/16/13 –  The ‘Real’Shape Of The American Man: Dudes, You’re Porky!, By Bill Briggs

ARMYTIMES.COM 10/10/18 – America’s Obesity Is Threatening National Security, According To This Study, By Meghann Myers

THE WASHINGTON POST 12/1/16 – Nearly Half Of America’s Overweight People Don’t’Realize They’re Overweight, By Christopher Ingraham

STATE OF OBESITY.ORG (ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FDN) September 2020 –  Physical Inactivity in the United States

CNN HEALTH 4/10/17Why Are Fewer Americans Trying To Lose Weight?, By Jacqueline Howard CNN

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.COM 8/24/04 Vol. 206, Issue 2 – Why Are We So Fat?, By Cathy Newman

CBS NEWS.COM/Healthday 11/21/18Most Americans Spend Too Much Time Sitting, Study Finds, By Steven Reinberg

Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City..  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.


Not All Americans Get Sufficient Exercise

“22.9 Percent Of U.S. Adults 18-64 Meet The Guidelines For Both Aerobic And Muscle Strengthening Activities During LTPA* Activities During 2010-2015″ CDC 2018 Report

*Leisure Time Physical Activity

22.9 is an overall percentage. Other results varied by state. Read the most recent report here. June 28, 2018 National Health Statistics Report

Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

The Least Obese State

The Least Obese State In The United States Is Colorado At 22.6%

3/12/21 Ten States With The Lowest Obesity Rates

Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City..  For her complete bio, visit the About Page. 

New Jersey May Criminalize Texting While Walking

ABC News



Texting while walking in public, has become a public nuisance. On Monday, March 14, a bill sponsored by Pamela Lampitt, Democratic Assemblywoman, may make it illegal to walk and text in New Jersey.  The penalty carries a fine of up to $50, or 15 days in jail.

Distracted pedestrians, like distracted drivers, present a potential danger to themselves and drivers on the road. A pedestrian distracted by their device and unaware of oncoming traffic may cause unsuspecting drivers to brake suddenly, or swerve out of the way, creating a potentially deadly situation.  Pamela Lampitt

Here are some comments from readers, about the proposed legislation.

“Remember the time when you would be sitting in the train could actually look at people and they would look and smile back? Now they are all bend over glaring at their stupid smartphone. Smartphones truly ruined the world.”

“If the fear of death doesn’t stop people from texting while walking, why would the abstract fear of prison stop them?”

“Agreed but I would say a fine is enough. Locking people up is heavy handed.”

“People throw their lives away with their obsession for text. Nothing is more important then stupid text. It is sad that there is a law needed against stupidity.”

“I don’t know how many times I have witnessed stupid people walking across the road while texting, and nearly getting squashed.  I agree with this, but to lock people up is going too far.”

“Since it’s illegal to text while driving, why not while walking? The majority of people can’t walk and text in a straight line, which is unsafe.”

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Sleep Deprivation Can Make You Sick


According to American Sleep Medicine, 40 million American suffer with sleep disorders.  The National Institutes of Health estimate the figure to be as high as 50 to 70 million.

Tossing and turning, while trying to get to sleep night after night, is called insomnia.  Some of the most common causes of insomnia are:


Job stress

Eating food or beverages containing caffeine before bedtime: chocolate candy, coffee, tea, cookies containing chocolate, or coffee flavoring.

Smoking before bed.  Nicotine is a stimulant.

Exercising within 5 hours before bedtime.  Exercise is stimulating, and may keep you awake.

Eating a heavy meal close to bedtime.


  • Get regular exercise.
  • Maintain a sleep schedule.  Go to sleep and awake at the same time everyday.
  • Before bed treat yourself to a relaxing ritual.  Take a bubble bath. Light candles and practise meditation. Read a book. Listen to calming music.  Practice Hatha Yoga.
  • Make your bedroom comfortable for sleeping.  Adjust room temperature if it interferes with your ability to sleep.  Clear out clutter.  Use room darkening shades. Sleep on a comfortable mattress.


Sleep disorders are very common, and treatable.  If you don’t get enough rest, you might develop any one of these symptoms, or health conditions.

  • Increased risk of high blood pressure, and weight gain.
  • Impaired judgement, performance and mood.
  • Falling asleep at the wheel, resulting in a driving accident.
  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Heart attack, and stroke.
  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
  • Obesity


American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American Sleep Association

National Sleep Foundation

National Institutes of Health

American Sleep Medicine

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