OK!  I’ve had it!  Everybody pisses and moans about the same old thing, but then they fight the very thing that could help it.  If you ask anyone what is one of the foundational problems with our country today, obesity comes up.  Ask the government…obesity leads to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc.  Even certain cancers have shown links to obesity.  Ask the military.  They have had to lower their physical fitness standards so that they can get enough enrollment.  Makes you feel safe, right?  Ask parents.  Youth obesity is one of the fastes growing epidemics in our country.  1 out of every 4 children under the age of 19 is considered obese.  There is some error in the stats, but 1 out of 5 at best.  Now the other thing that we know about our society is that we are generally lazy.  And the problem with exercise is that it is a luxury expense.  Now you have a lot of people right now who are in a little bit of a hard time.  That makes luxury expenses go away.  Things like Personal Training get cut, but massages and chiropractic stick.  Why?  Because they are covered under insurance, that’s why!  You can go to a chiro and get a massage and a pop and walk out with nothing out of pocket.  Other “therapeutic treatments” are considered under the same umbrella.  But the ultimate therapy is exercise.  People have been looking for the fountain of youth since ancient times.  This is it people!  There are 8 risk factors that are considered to increase the risk of heart disease.  Exercise has a directly positive impact on 5 of them.  5!  Exercise lowers the body fat %, lowers the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, cancers, etc.  Do it!  Push your government and employers to pay you back for it.  Now the good thing is that the new health care bill would cover personal training as a “preventative medical expense”.  You could get training with little to no money out of pocket.  Win!  You could get healthy.  Win!  Hell, your premiums are un-godly anyway, you may as well get something tangible out of it.  Use the system.  Write a letter, make a phone call.  There is a point in your life where your health will become a priority.  The only question is whether it is now, when you have control over it, or later when you are forced into treatment for a serious disease.  I know that I would prefer to be in the former category and work on my own terms.  If you are lazy, fat and out of shape, it will catch up with you.  Facts are facts.  Take the steps now.  Be smart and pro-active.  Don’t wait!