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Can fitness fads do squat for obesity?

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Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 5.46.16 PMAs you’re pushing your grocery cart down the aisle, phrases like “Now 50% less fat!” or “Now made with whole grain!” scream at you.

Last time you were shopping for new clothes, did you notice that many stores, like Wet Seal and Forever 21 have started to sell “active wear” when they never did before?

When you’re scrolling through your Instagram, you’ve probably come across many pictures of your friends with new Nike’s on or their “healthy” meal combinations. Maybe you’ve seen the countless Twitter accounts specifically made to motivate healthy lifestyles, such as @BeFitMotivation or @HealthyTips.

How about celebrities like Snooki who lost 40 pounds in 6 months, or Jennifer Hudsun who lost 80 pounds because of a deal with Weight Watchers?

It’s safe to say that social media has showed us going on a health kick is currently the “cool” thing to do.

But is this common New Year’s resolution actually sticking around for good?

Although some may find it annoying that suddenly everyone has a “leg day”, we feel that it’s finally a craze that will do our society some good. What’s wrong with following a trend that will benefit your body and mind? Unlike the ombre hair color trend, and those god-awful Sperry shoes, we really hope this health infatuation lasts.

It seems that today’s society may be leaning towards even more of a monkey-see-monkey-do lifestyle, so maybe we’ll see a change in obesity rates thanks to this one.

According to Northwestern University Center for Healthcare Equity, “Obesity is commonly recognized as a foremost public health crisis in Chicago.”

An article published by the Huffington Post in 2011 stated that over the past 15 years, Illinois has seen its obesity rate increase 80 percent, which is relatively in line with the vast majority of the rest of the country.

Maybe the health craze we’re noticing on our newsfeeds hasn’t gotten around enough yet, but considering our addictions to social media, it will. But are people recognizing the actual importance of health or are they just following a fad?


— Courier staff

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