Here is the full transcript and summary of Ogie Shaw’s TEDx Talk titled: Winning The Mental Battle of Physical Fitness and Obesity at TEDxSpokane 2014 conference.
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Ogie Shaw – Fitness Expert
Is exercise important?
Heart disease, cancer, diabetes. One of the things they all have in common is they can be affected by obesity. The first recorded heart attack in this country was in 1896.
In 1896, in this country you had to get exercise to go to the bathroom. Everybody lived on farms. But we got smart.
We start building machines to help us get our work done. We moved to the cities, started pushing buttons for a living and pushing the wrong button could really create a lot of stress. And we started noticing that people starting to die from clogging the arteries.
By the Korean War, half the soldiers, averaging 19 years of age, killed during that war showed significant blockage of coronary arteries.
1956, the Eisenhower administration had a big meeting in Washington DC. The military is noticing something funny starting to happen. It was becoming increasingly difficult to find young American men who could pass the induction physicals for the military. They wanted to figure out who to blame; what’s the problem.
They looked into the public schools, and some researchers had done fitness tests involving the ability of our students at the high school and junior high school level to perform, what they call, functional movements. Just everyday things you might have to do on your job, or in your lives, like can you bend over and you touch your toes, you know?