Dr., Certified Fitness Trainer Says Reform of Lifestyles Needed First

Dr. David Robinson, certified fitness trainer cites the dismal health statistics for proof that Americans should first reform their own lifestyles and priorities before taking a position on health reform.

New Bedford, MA, September 29, 2009 --(PR.com)-- "There is an unprecedented level of short-sightedness on all sides of this health reform debate," says Dr. David Robinson, certified fitness trainer and author of Transforming Body, Mind and Spirit, The NonDiet Way to Live Fit, Trim, Healthy for Life (Strategic, April 2009).

Regardless of one's position on health reform, Robinson appears correct. No matter what stance or position they may take, the majority of Americans do need to realize that health care is first and foremost a self responsibility.

In a brutally direct statement, Dr. Robinson goes on, "The absurd thing is there are these self-serving, entitlement attitudes toward health insurance and care that run right along side of a blatant apathy and in some cases even an antipathy toward healthy living and being responsible for one's own health." Statistics bear out his statement.

When people do decide to make healthy changes or to lose weight, they turn to the newest health or diet or weight loss pill, plan or product.

The USSG reports that over 65% of Americans are severely overweight to obese.

The Centers for Disease Control’s report that over 15% of US children ages 8 - 16 are overweight to obese.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control: “Obesity and diabetes are the only major health problem that are getting worse…and they’re getting worse rapidly.”

The Centers for Disease Control report that more than 300,000 people die each year from illnesses caused by or made worse by obesity.

According to the American Diabetes Association obesity and sedentary lifestyles are the primary cause of type II diabetes which now affects over 7% of the population.

Federal projections estimate that by 2050 close to 1/3 of the population will have type II diabetes, with all its complications in tow, such as blindness, hearing loss, kidney disease, nervous system disorders and amputations of extremities.

The UCLA RAND Center found that obesity raises a person’s health care costs by 36% and medication costs by 77% and they have 30% - 50% more chronic health problems.

The World Health Organization reports that over 72% of all deaths in U.S. are the result of lifestyle-related heart disease, lung disease, diabetes & degenerative diseases, citing that such chronic conditions are preventable for the most part and are primarily resulting from unhealthy practices.

The US Surgeon General reports that approximately 45% of US adults use tobacco regularly.

The CDC cites that almost half of teens age 13 - 19 smoke.

The CDC indicates that less than 10% of kids age 8 - 18 exercise for 60 minutes or more 3 times week. Robinson points out that

In regard to this approach, he asks, "If any of these paths or products worked well, why do those previous statistics exist?"

It appears as though Dr. Robinson has a valid point. Judging from these statistics, most people are in need of lifestyle overhauls and serious lifestyle priority reform. "Before they spout off about health care and insurance reform, they have to get their own lifestyles in order" he concludes.

Dr. David Robinson