What is making America fat?

A pound of weight represents 3500 calories. That’s what you have to eat to put on just one, and that’s what you have to work off (or deny yourself) to lose just one.

This week, I have lost 5lbs or 17,500 calories. I have eaten 1000 to 1,200 calories a day and I have exercised for 3 hours each day. When I swim laps, it takes me an hour to do 22, or half a mile. It takes me another hour to do 4000 steps on the nustep machine. I do not typically manage both these feats on the same day.

My blood pressure is an award-winning 74 over 112.

As in so many things, all of America would do well to follow my newly energetic example. Click here to see some scary maps from the Centers for Disease Control, which show how obesity has become a nationwide epidemic in the last 15 years.  It’s not just huge portions, fast foods and trans fats–we are all now the victims of power-steering, automatic car windows, online shopping, moving walkways and washer dryers. We slump dully all day and move only to stuff our faces.  Not me, not any more.

The only state where less than 20% of the population are obese is Colorado.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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