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Bottom Line: Losing Weight Takes Work

| Shana Mueller

Let’s face it.  As a nation, we are getting fatter.  In fact, we’re so fat that manufacturers had to widen revolving doors from 10 feet to 12 feet to accommodate us.  Obesity, the number two cause of preventable death, is at nearly epidemic levels with 1 in 3 Americans falling into this category, and estimates indicating that more than 50% of the nation will be obese in a few years if current trends continue.

The weight loss industry has ballooned right along side us with products and services ranging from diet foods, drugs, and supplements, to fitness training, gym memberships, home gym equipment, dieting books, and more.  And boy are we buying – spending over $100 billion a year in our efforts to slim down and get in shape.  Some of us would be willing to do just about anything to win the battle of the bulge – according to a report from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, 4,000 people who responded to a weight survey indicated that they would give up a year of their life rather than be fat!

Unfortunately, despite what many weight-loss and fitness marketers would like us to believe, THERE IS NO MIRACLE PILL!  It may not be what you want to hear, but the surest way to getting in shape is watching what you eat and getting regular exercise.  Period.

Shana Mueller

Shana handles strategic communications and advocacy efforts at TINA.org. She is passionate about consumer advocacy having personally observed how immigrant families are often the targets of many scams and schemes.…

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