Obama’s Address fails to mention our nation’s poor nutritional health and growing obesity debt

“Not that protecting our environment isn’t important to our overall health, but I believe failure to respond to the reality of the obesity epidemic in our nation would even further betray our children and future generations.”

-David Dansereau, MSPT  Know-Stroke.org

 

President Obama today in his second Inaugural Address spoke of how he vows to address climate change and make this issue top priority during his second term.  As reported in the New York Times, President Obama stated “we will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”

Obesity Debt is Our Nation's Greatest Risk and Lowest Priority-Know-Stroke.org
Obesity Debt is Our Nation’s Greatest Risk and Lowest Priority-Know-Stroke.org

I was actually hoping to hear more about President Obama’s plan for our nation’s health.

Please-NO!- not more on “Obamacare” because that essentially has little to do with wellness and prevention.  In particular, I was hoping the President would address another growing national debt, –obesity.    Not that protecting our environment isn’t important to our overall health, but I believe failure to respond to the reality of the obesity epidemic in our nation would even further betray our children and future generations.   Turns out, our nation’s heaviest energy consumers may be right in Washington DC! *   Here’s an interesting link where you can look up several key health markers of body change or body health, by cities studied so far as part of a joint promotion between Dr. Oz and Practice Fusion.  I happen to use Practice Fusion EMR in my clinic and stumbled across this page I am sharing here:

http://www.practicefusion.com/research/apps/droz/doctor_oz_web/report_card/index.html

This report card of several cities health surveyed to date shows how residents screened for health risk factors in the following categories: BMI, Waist Circumference, BP, Total Cholesterol, HDL, Triglycerides, Glucose, Diabetes, Exercise, Smoking, Fruit Consumption.

*BMI (body mass index) in particular struck me in Washington DC (see screenshot below). Look at the growing girth of residents in Our Nation’s Capital.  Isn’t this in fact at the heart or the command center of Mrs Obama’s own Let’s Move Initiative and some 42 million in funding?  Sorry, I digress….

Source:Data from 15-Minute Physical events across the US Dr Oz and Practice Fusion Promotion
Source:Data from 15-Minute Physical events across the US Dr Oz and Practice Fusion Promotion

So, if you have time or the stomach to go check out this link you can see all the other scary stats on how other cities are failing miserably at their own nutrition and health report cards.  Do we need another “Diet” Bail Out?  Indeed, as a nation, YES!

David Dansereau post at Know-Stroke.org

David Dansereau at Know-Stroke.org

Sources:

http://www.practicefusion.com/research/apps/droz/doctor_oz_web/report_card/index.html

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