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Thursday, February 5, 2015
A Super Bowl thought from Nutritional expert, Debbie Powers
Last Sunday 114.5 million people watched the Super Bowl. This number made this sporting event the most watched television program in history. It topped the 2014 Super Bowl, which had previously surpassed the 2012 Super Bowl. In fact, of the top eight most-watched shows in history, seven are Super Bowl games. The only exception is the 1983 series finale of M*A*S*H. Americans love their football. In fact, they love to watch all sports. While munching on wings and chips, they marvel at the athletes’ speed, strength, and agility. They applaud athletes’ dedication and commitment to physical excellence.
These numbers got me thinking……what if that large number of people participated in a sport or fitness activity rather than merely watched? Or, to be more realistic, what if only half that number were physically active on a regular basis? What if spectators embraced the same dedication and commitment to physical excellence as the athletes they worship? Would we no longer be the fattest industrialized country in the world? (Oh wait, we recently dropped to number two----behind Mexico). Diabetes rates, health care costs, and heart attacks would plummet if people moved more than they sat and watched. One doesn’t have to be a gifted athlete to move his or her body! Unfortunately the number of sedentary viewers remains large…..and, as a result, people are getting larger.
Debbie Powers is the author of the new memoir Meeting Her Match: The Story of a Female Athlete-Coach Before and After Title IX. She is also an Executive Director with Body Wise International, Assistant Professor Emerita of Wellness at Ball State University, and the co-author of A Wellness Way of Life, 10th ed., McGraw-Hill; A Fit and Well Way of Life, 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill; and A Fit Way of Life, 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill.