Originally Answered: For any person that is associated with fitness or exercise: Gym, fitness teacher, doctor, etc. Please help?
I'll try, but it may not be well-written.
1. A staple trend that transcends all areas involving fitness, are quick promise diets, no news there. They've always existed, but recently I've noticed informericals zeroing in on Thyroid regulation medication and more "scientific" approaches towards weight loss with pills that target. As if us idle consumers have been educated enough to realize that the 48 hour cookies and cream diet or other designed foods and plans (such as Atkeins) no longer work as a permanent solution.
There has been an increase in more areobic-esque type DVDs and programs, like the HIp Hop abs. Home gym systems seem to be out.
2. First, all resturants and fast foods should be required to post the nutritional facts in the resturant in plain site. I get taht once inside, people aren't going to turn around and say, 1,000 calories, no way, let's go to subway. But it might make them rethink the next trip. The problem of addressing obesity lies not with education, but with providing and promoting alternative activities within the community. Let's face it, parents need to kick their kids off the computer, encourage and participate with them in physical activities of one sort or another. Video games and PCs have become the parent's best babysitter in today's society.
People try these quick fix diets, and by law, the government cannot regulate them. But I suspect many try these diet they see on TV and end up giving up after a few weeks. This is discouraging to those who do not take the time to educate themselves on the only vessel they'll have while on this planet.
3. I have no formal education in any area of fitness. Many other areas, but not this one.
4. No, the government should not direct private schools, that is why we have private schools, HOWEVER, those parents who are willing to spend the money to send their kids to these private schools should take an active role and demand some changes. Once again the recurring source of the problem goes back to the parents. Parents who place no value in physical fitness or well being, tend to lead sedentary lives. Spouting off excuses such as, work, chores, etc...This obviously influences the children and the gruesome cycle begins all over again.
It is evident that our society, partly through technological advances, can be considered Generation 7 seconds. Everything is NOW! Faster and easier. We're a society that is content with patching up problems instead of resolving them. We are hedonistic, sophomoric, and impatient, unwilling to put forth the necessary effort to obtain anything of substaintial value from planning, dedication, and disclipline.
Validation comes cosmetically these days along with an electronic 1040EZ form. We're happy buying the sculpture instead of making it ourselves.