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One Word: Stand


Obesity is a major concern for the United States as well many countries around the globe.

I believe this problem can be fixed by one word: STAND.

Lack of exercise, a sedentary lifestyle and junk food are a few reasons for obesity. It is no longer a condition affecting only adults. Childhood and teen obesity are becoming grave concerns today, and technology has increased our sedentary lifestyle since you can talk to whoever you want with the push of a button.

All of these elements have contributed to the main issue at hand here: obesity. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year.  Also, the annual cost to society for obesity is estimated at nearly $100 billion.  Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults, so it is important to develop healthy eating and exercise behaviors within the family.

 

Exercise can not only prevent health concerns and awful diseases, but it has been proven to better a person’s mood, increase energy, aid in better sleeping habits, and help with self-esteem issues. Plus, it’s fun! So stand up, go for a run or just take a walk- it may just save your life!

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About alyssakinell

I am a senior Management and Spanish major at Bucknell University. I am originally from East Lyme, Connecticut and I hope to live in a big city after I graduate. If I could be anywhere, I would be on a mountain with fresh powder and hot chocolate. I am incapable of eating a meal without finishing it off with something sweet (generally ice cream).

Discussion

5 thoughts on “One Word: Stand

  1. Ellos estan montados en bicis. No se levantan…

    Posted by Jordi | April 24, 2012, 5:06 pm
  2. Alyssa, I cannot agree with you more. I think it is unfortunate how accessible a sedentary lifestyle is to our generation. A book I read in the past, Brain Rules, discusses the importance in leading a physically active life by stating that it is an evolutionary prerequisite towards a healthy brain. To obtain our peak performance, we used to be physically active, such as when hunting or gathering, thus evolutionary we are most alert when using our bodies in some way. The author of this book conducted a study with individuals doing work on a desk that was mounted on top of a treadmill rolling along at a slow speed, and he concluded that these subjects were more focused and intellectually applied than individuals doing work seated at a desk. A very rough study, but it resonates well with me.

    Posted by Derek | April 24, 2012, 9:56 pm
  3. Alyssa, I like your idea of promoting exercise. So much of the obesity issue is centered around food, but it is the lack of exercise that is affecting people just as much as food. While I was studying abroad in Denmark, it was hard not to notice how many people ride bikes to work and walk to the grocery store (even if it is a half hour walk). It’s not only good for the environment, but it is keeping their country thin and fit. I hope we as a country are willing to adopt the European mindset and not feel like we must drive everywhere. It is astonishing the number of students here at Bucknell who drive to class that is literally a 10 minute walk.

    Posted by Lauren Daley | April 24, 2012, 10:41 pm
  4. Professor Martin doesn’t have a chair in his office. He works at a standing desk. This is something I have thought of doing… Like this, I think. I am thinking of getting a pilates ball chair…

    Posted by Jordi | April 25, 2012, 8:39 am

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