No, bigger isn't always better!

Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton was still serving his first term as president, and Bill Pullman played an alien-fighting president in the summer movie blockbuster Independence Day.

A movie ticket would've set you back five dollars, and a gallon of gas was barely over a dollar.

And just two decades ago, we were an average of 15 pounds lighter than we are today.

I've recently shared with you some staggering data about how bad the obesity epidemic has gotten worldwide...and now, according to new data from the CDC, it doesn't show any sign of stopping.

The CDC analyzed data from nearly 20,000 people and found that, on average, we are 15 pounds heavier now than we were in the mid-1990s. That might be OK if we'd also grown a few inches taller... but we've stayed the same height.

Ladies, this seems to have hit you hardest, as women are an average of 17 pounds heavier.

That means we've all gone up a pant size or two... and that "spare tire" weighs as much as the heaviest bowling ball you can find. And that's only if you've gained the AVERAGE amount.

This can cause a real health crisis, since the rates for diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other issues tend to skyrocket as your weight goes up.

But the great news is, you're not a statistic. You're not beholden to the trends, because there's something you can do about it. You CHOOSE how you eat, and you can start making some better choices right now.

Start by throwing all the terrible advice you've been given out the window. Because the best way to be healthy isn't by limiting yourself to a low-fat, low-calorie and no-taste diet that will just leave you hungrier and more likely to binge on all the wrong foods.

Instead, try a diet like Paleo, which takes a "back to basics" approach to eating that allows you to eat as much as you like, as long as it's the right food.

This means natural foods that your caveman ancestors would have eaten, like organic meats, veggies and fruits and absolutely no processed foods or refined sugars.

Move around a little. You don't need to train for a marathon, and you barely need to break a sweat. But, as I shared with you recently, taking a brisk walk for just a mile a day can do wonders for keeping diabetes at bay.

It'll also help keep you from adding another bowling ball to your collection in the NEXT 20 years.