By Ken Reed
Well, if you’re reading this, you’ve survived another Memorial Day weekend.
Along with good times with friends and family, you probably sat around a lot and “pigged out” at a BBQ or two. And a lot of what you ate can be easily classified as “junk food.”
I know I’m guilty of not eating solely health food store items this past weekend.
In the United States, there are a lot of us in the same boat.
Basically, as Karin Klein wrote this weekend, “We eat too much highly processed fast and convenience food, and we don’t get enough exercise.”
A recent study found that Americans are sitting more than ever. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), revealed that sitting time rose significantly between 2007 and 2016. Adult sitting time jumped from 5.5 hours a day to about 6.5 hours a day. Adolescents faired even worse, jumping from 7 hours a day to a little more than 8 hours a day. The jumps weren’t due to increases in work or school demands. In the US of A, leisure time is increasingly spent in front of screens of some type (TV, video games, social media, surfing the Internet, etc.) The impact of this high level of physical inactivity has resulted in a new medical term, “Sedentary Death Syndrome (SDS).”
In the United States we spend more on health care than comparable industrial nations across the globe. However, we rank last among that group in overall health.
And, it’s not just that we aren’t very healthy physically. We aren’t very health emotionally either. In last year’s rankings of the happiest nations, the United States dropped four spots to 18th. We’ve never made the top 10.
The blues you might be feeling today could be due to more than a simple hangover effect from coming off a three-day weekend. It could be due to a lack of exercise and a diet high in junk food.
Americans beware. Other than cigarette smoking, which is down, health trends in the United States aren’t going in a positive direction.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
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Episode #27 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Kids’ Sports: How We Can Take Back the Game and Restore Quality Family Time In the Process – Linda Flanagan is author of “Take Back the Game: How Money and Mania Are Ruining Kids’ Sports and Why It Matters.” We discuss how commercialized and professionalized youth sports are hurting kids and their families.
Episode #26 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: How Can We Fix Youth Sports? – John O’Sullivan is Founder and CEO of Changing the Game Project and author of “Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids.”
Episode #25 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Physical Education Should Be a Critical Component of K-12 School Design – Michael Horn is co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.
Media"How We Can Save Sports" author Ken Reed appears on Fox & Friends to explain how there's "too much adult in youth sports."
Ken Reed appears on Mornings with Gail from KFKA Radio in Colorado to discuss bad parenting in youth athletics.
“Should College Athletes Be Paid?” Ken Reed on The Morning Show from Wisconsin Public Radio
Ken Reed appears on KGNU Community Radio in Colorado (at 02:30) to discuss equality in sports and Title IX.
Ken Reed appears on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour (at 38:35) to discuss his book The Sports Reformers: Working to Make the World of Sports a Better Place, and to talk about some current sports issues.
- Reed Appears on Ralph Nader Radio Hour League of Fans’ sports policy director, Ken Reed, Ralph Nader and the New York Times’ Tyler Kepner discussed a variety of sports issues on Nader’s radio show as well as Reed’s updated book, How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan. Reed's book was released in paperback in February, and has a new introduction and several updated sections.
League of Fans is a sports reform project founded by Ralph Nader to fight for the higher principles of justice, fair play, equal opportunity and civil rights in sports; and to encourage safety and civic responsibility in sports industry and culture.
Vanderbilt Sport & Society - On The Ball with Andrew Maraniss with guest Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director for League of Fans and author of How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan
Sports & Torts – Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans – at the American Museum of Tort Law
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