Today, over 34% of adults in the United States are obese. Weight is obviously an issue in this country. I believe that the way we are raised as children and then what eating habits we decide to choose when we enter adulthood can really make a difference. Along with a nutritious diet exercise is so important in maintaining a healthy weight. An adult should exercise regularly to stay fit and healthy. Studies show that about 40% of adults in the United States are inactive, meaning they do not regularly exercise. Even the small stuff helps, take the stairs rather than the elevator, and ride a bike to class rather than driving your car. Exercise is not only good for your health right now, but there are major benefits in the long term as well. Exercising lowers your risk of diseases, it also lowers your anxiety and depression and it helps you to be in a better mood. So next time your adult child or even yourself have the option of going to McDonalds or going to the gym to work out, do not just think of the right here right now benefits, but also think about your long term health.