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It’s Getting Worse

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This just in….America is fatter then we were since the last CDC report in 2007. You can read the full report at the CDC website, or read this LA Times report for the cliff’s notes. There are 9 states in America that have obesity rates above 30%, and every state is 15% obese. Obesity was defined as BMI ≥30. Data was collected using a random phone survey were age, race, sex, height & weight data was collected. The overall estimated prevalence of obesity was 26.7%. This is up 1.1% from 2007 totaling an additional 2.4 million obese people in the population. There are more and more 2 year olds that are even obese in this country, and it’s not because they aren’t doing CrossFit people. I’ll say it again, “your weight is controlled by your diet”. You can’t burn off that McDonald’s like you would like too. What does all of this mean? It means that we are spending a whole lot of $$ to take care of these people and the health conditions as a result of obesity. In 2008 alone the estimated cost of obesity was $147 Billion! No that’s not a typo, BILLIONS! It’s a free country I know, but it’s expensive to take care of America now. This costs everyone, and even though the we are printing money like crazy we wont ever be able to keep up with these types of health care cost unless people start taking control of what they eat. We wont fix this with a health care bill or Medicare & Medicaid, it will start will the individual choosing to take care of themselves because they care about themselves.

WOD: Wednesday: Squats 15 min limit

  • Level III: 500
  • Level II: 400
  • Level I: 300

The war against SUGAR

So this week we are cutting out sugar. How many of you were able to do this yesterday? Did you all earn your point for the day? I hope so, but it might get harder as the days go on so keep a strong mind and focus on the goal at hand. So why is there such a problem? Well because we are eating more, men on average and extra 187 calories a day and women 335 calories more. Where are these calories coming from, carbohydrate, mostly in the form of sugars, more specifically High Fructose Corn Syrup. Something has caused your appetite regulation system to go awry. A hormone, Leptin, that is responsible for letting you know when you are full is not working anymore. The old model of calories in and calories out just doesn’t cut it anymore. Try explaining how six-month old babies are the latest victims of the obesity epidemic–diet and exercise can’t be the cause. I’m sure most people have heard the stat that a soda a day equals 15 pounds a year. The average american drinks 60 gallons of soda a year. The current annual consumption of sugar is 141 pounds per person, and 63 pounds of that is HFCS. This is equal to 73 grams a day of Fructose accounting for 12% of their total daily calories. In the past century, fructose consumption has increased 5-fold and Americans now spend over 90% of their money for food on a processed food product. Fructose is not when taken in moderation like if you were to get it from fruits and vegetable, your intake would be rough 15 grams a day. But it’s also mixed in with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients, all which moderate the negative metabolic effects and aren’t empty calories. Excessive fructose consumption can lead to increased blood pressure, cholesterol (decreased HDL, increased LDL, increased triglycerides), i.e. metabolic syndrome. Fructose metabolism is very similar to alcohol metabolism, and will cause liver toxicity and “beer belly”. As disease rates continue to rise even with evolving medicine people wonder why we keep getting less healthy as a population. Look at the rise in HFCS in the diet from 1970 to 2005 it has increased more then 10,673 PERCENT according to a USDA report It’s no wonder that america is obese.

The video below is long but if you have time it’s very interesting and you should grap some vegetables and sit down and watch it. Leave the soda and popcorn at the store.


WOD: Monday

WU: Bottom to Bottom Tabata Squats


  • 500m row
    • 500 Single Unders
  • 400m row
    • 400 Single Unders
  • 300m row
    • 300 Single Unders
  • 200m row
    • 200 Single Unders
  • 100m row
    • 100 Single Unders

Economics or Choice

A study by University of Washington epidemiology professor Adam Drewnowski found that shoppers at low-cost supermarkets are much more likely to be obese than those buy their groceries at upscale markets. Albertsons shoppers were found to have a 38 percent rate of obesity, while Whole Foods customers were only found to have a 4 percent rate of obesity. The professor is quoted in the msnbc article, saying: “Deep down, obesity is really an economic issue.” Do you agree it’s a economic issue? Maybe it’s a issue with what’s being marketed in the supermarkets. Does Whole Foods just offer fewer bad choices for consumers so they are more likely to make healthier choice? Or are people choosing Whole Foods over Albertsons because they are already health conscious? It is most likely also a education issue, how many people really know that grains are actually bad for them? Or how bad Corn Syrup really is? While Whole Foods is much more expensive then Albertson’s it is not to say that there are not healthy choices inside Albertsons, in fact I used to shop there regularly. There are healthy choices of food for any budget. Whole Foods isn’t the only option to avoid obesity. What kinds of foods/meals do you like to eat to keep your diet healthy?

WOD: Back Squat 5-5-5-5-5

  • Mini AMRAP 10 minutes
    • 100m sprint
    • 12 Pushups