There's nothing a woman loves more than being able to rag on her man when he gains a few pounds. Heck, I'm always feeling like I have to be on my fitness game so I want my partner to be, too! According to a new project from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, that extra chub may be no laughing matter. In fact, based on the average height and waistline for men ages 30 to 39, the American man is a bit of a chubster. In fact, their typical BMI is 28.6, which is considered "overweight." Eeeeesh.
In the project, experts compared the BMI of American men to that of men from Japan, the Netherlands, and France. And -- you guessed it, our hometown heroes were tipping the scales. In a bad, bad way.
Sure, it's easy to make fun of someone for being a porker, but considering 69 percent of ALL Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, it's about time we start holding each other accountable.
It's never easy to change your day-to-day. It is easy to overindulge. When it comes to food, an extravagant dinner out with friends sounds oh-so-much better when you're not thinking of what you can and cannot eat. But here's the thing: we owe it to ourselves.
Think of it this way: You'd rather stay alive longer by treating your body better, right? Well there are smaller changes you can make that won't drastically change your entire life. Make healthy swaps, choose less-fattening Halloween candy, drink coffee every day (seriously!). And heck, do yourself a favor and find some workouts that you enjoy so you can stop using that damned "but I HATE going to the gym!" excuse.
Come on, y'all. Let's bring that obesity statistic down! I don't know about you guys, but I'd rather be dating a toned, tall, dark, and handsome guy myself anyway. Don't worry -- I'll keep up my end of the deal, too.
Do you and your significant other help keep each other healthy?
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