Which came first the Chicken or the Egg?

Some researchers believe that when it comes to obesity in today’s youth a sedentary lifestyle may not contribute to their obesity at all.

Stop swinging that kettlebell. What?

They admit that while obese youth are more inactive, it doesn’t mean that inactivity came first, rather, being obese could make one inactive. So the question is which came first – obesity or lack of exercise? I think the later.

It’s been proven over and over again that insufficient physical activity and too much time spent on sedentary behaviors like computer games, watching TV may equal, and even exceed, diet quality as important contributors to being obese in adolescence.

Back in the 1800’s the average adult consumed around 1830 calories per day, give or take, the average adult today consumes an excess of around 2200 calories. That’s 2200 more calories than they need. Hmm, I wonder what happens to the excess. Can you say “Love Handles and Muffin Tops?”

Now when you take into account the lack of inactivity, whether its play, sport or exercise and culminate it with a  poor diet of high calorie, low grade convenience foods, you have a recipe for disaster with a world of pain, to say the least.

Activity is essential to keep the body fit and healthy, it was designed to be used not abused, once we ignore its needs our bodies ignore us and start to break down and fail.

Not only will lack of exercise and a crappy high carb diet cause obesity, you can also look forward to, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Depression and ultimately an early not so pleasant death.

Gabe Morgan M.D. summed it up nicely in his recent paper “How Lack of Exercise Shortens Lives” As we age, we lose our ability to kill germs because of lack of muscle. When germs get into your body, you must make white blood cells and proteins called antibodies to kill them. Antibodies and cells are made from protein and the only place that you can store extra protein is in your muscles. When you have large muscles, you have a ready source of protein to make antibodies and cells. When you have small muscles, you have a very limited source of amino acids to make protein, so your immunity may be inadequate to kill germs.

You need antibodies to control cancer cells also. Each day, every healthy body makes millions of cancer cells. Your white blood cells and protein antibodies are necessary to ferret out and kill these cancer cells. You develop cancer when these cancer cells survive and start growing. Having large muscles gives you the source of protein to make antibodies that kill cancer cells as well as germs. Furthermore, when your skeletal muscles are small, so is your heart muscle. A strong heart can withstand arteriosclerosis and infections that can kill a weak heart.

So isn’t this enough reason to get moving and cut back on the Hagen Das.

For your body’s sake, I hope so.

By: Master Tim Bell

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