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Obesity epidemic propels fitness as career
肥胖流行 健身產業職缺多

Fairgoers play a carnival game at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, California on June 29 last year.

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As the American waistline continues its spread, fitness is shaping up as one of the hottest careers of this tepid economic recovery.

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by a brisk 24 percent in the decade to 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, as businesses, health professionals and insurance companies take sharper aim at the sedentary lifestyle.

“Helping individuals be more active is important and fitness professionals can be at the center of that,” said Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise (ACE), which has certified more than 50,000 fitness professionals.

Obesity rates have sky-rocketed in the last 20 years. More than one third of adults in the US are obese, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bryant said the health crisis is strongly linked to the lifestyle choices that fitness professionals, such as personal trainers and group fitness instructors, address.









1. epidemic n.

流行病 (liu2 xing2 bing4)

例: The fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic is promising.


2. tepid adj.

不熱烈的;不熱情的 (bu2 re4 lie4 de5; bu2 re4 qing2 de5)

例: It was a tepid reception.


3. sedentary adj.

不常運動的;久坐的 (bu4 chang2 yun4 dong4 de5; jiu3 zuo4 de5)

例: I’m bored with this sedentary office job.


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