According to the CDC: (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html/)
- More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
- No state has met the nation's Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15%. The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30% or more has increased to 12 states in 2010. In 2009, nine states had obesity rates of 30% or more. In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30% or more.
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death.
- In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs paid by third-party payors for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
Author and recording artist Bobby Tinsley says, “Everywhere you look today, it seems as though there is another advertisement for a super-sized portion of food! The enormous portion sizes we eat have caused a bulge around the waistlines of Americans... one that seem to be expanding more every day. On top of the increased food intake, people are becoming less and less active. This is a formula for disaster, and one of the many reasons obesity is at an all time high. Between my junior and senior years of high school I gained nearly 100 pounds due to massively overeating. It started out as something I was doing for Football, and quickly turned into a lifestyle of huge portions and high calorie foods. When I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a recording artist, I educated myself on the power of food, and used my new found knowledge along with a healthy exercise program to lose those pounds and get in tip top shape. Anyone can change their body and their life, it just takes the right knowledge, along with a long term commitment to accomplish their goals.”
Tinsley discusses his struggle with obesity in his new book. The Difference is a book comprised of chapters that mirror each song on the author’s upcoming album by the same name. However, the book is much more than a simple commentary on his music. It’s a story that speaks to everyone about following their dreams and making a difference. Tinsley says, “Every person has a circle of influence unique to them. If we focus on making a difference in those lives, what may seem insignificant is the way we change the world.”
Bobby Tinsley is available for interviews, performances, speaking engagements, and the book is available for review. Contact: KR Winston - ctltemp(at)gmail.com
About the author:
Bobby Tinsley is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer who uses his musical ability to communicate through song touching people from all walks of life. Not a newcomer to the music scene, Bobby has worked with many of the top names in the industry and began to write, record, and produce for others simultaneously. His first CD, "Page 1," generated a Top 40 Christian CHR single with the song "Addicted."