America's Health Problems - Obesity

America’s Health Problems

Our intention with this collection of facts is NOT just to scare you.  We truly want to wake you up!  You’ll see that America’s health problems are primarily not from natural causes, as was the case in past generations.  We’ve now moved into a time when we American’s (more than any other collective part of the world) are willingly taking part in our own sickness and long term health problems.

 

Millions Are Affected by America’s Health Problems Yearly

America's Health Problems - Obesity

Every year millions of Americans are affected by health problems related to unhealthy living and eating habits combined with a lack of physical activity. The disadvantages of such a lifestyle and further the importance of physical activity to prevent or decrease America’s health problems will be demonstrated in the following. The facts below only begin to scratch the surface of America’s health problems. Subscribe for future articles on this and other health & fitness topics.

When it comes to Americas health problems the number one issue is the diet of the typical American, which is rich in saturated fat, trans fat, salt, sugar, highly dangerous (some proven poisonous) fillers, binders, and of course GMOs (genetically modified organisms) which the FDA approves regularly. Aside from being downright dangerous, the typical American diet is lacking in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber. A diet like this high in fat and sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and in addition it will increase inflammation which basically is a process of aging. According to the National Alliance of Nutrition and Activity your diet contributes to four of the six top leading causes of death in the United States.  (healthyeating.sfgate.com)

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America’s Nutrition & Diet Health Problems

Another nutrition/diet related fact causing America’s health problems is the consummation of low calorie or diet sodas. Many diet drinks which have a lack of sugar calories due to artificial sweeteners are marketed as healthy alternatives for regular sodas to adults and children. However, we do not know how bad those are for us and recent studies showed that sugar-free sweeteners may be significantly increasing your risk of health problems such as weight gain as well as metabolic syndrome, type 2-diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  (sceince.howstuffworks.com)

America's Health Problems - Junk Food

  • In consequence of unhealthy, in rare cases inadvertently bad diet we are confronted with Americas health problems which are a main killer in the United States.
    Heart disease for example kills the largest number of Americans per year, which is more than all forms of cancer combined.  (knowmore.tv)
  • Diabetes, a number of 86 million American adults have pre-diabetes due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Therefore 1 out of 3 people are considered to develop type 2-diabetes in their lifetime which in fact increases the death risk about 50%.  (cdc.gov)
  • Obesity is another number one American health problem. With more than 35% of U.S. adults and nearly 32% of U.S. children and adolescents being obese and overweight the numbers have tripled from just one generation ago.  (nichd.nih.gov)

 

Prevent and Overcome America’s Health Problems

So how can we as individuals prevent and overcome America’s health problems? The answer is quite simple: a well-balanced diet in addition to physical activity. Even though family history can be part of a health problem, fitness and nutrition are lifestyle factors that can be controlled. According to a Harvard University Health Study about 50% of American adults do not meet the guidelines for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most days of the week, which should not be a too high demand of time in our lives. Because physical activity is important to control the blood glucose, train our heart and therefore limit the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Furthermore physical activity can relieve depression and stress, improve moods, keep our bones strong and is considered to improve sleep.

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Make Healthy Choices in Diet and Lifestyle

Exercise to Avoid America's Health Problems

Healthy choices in diet and lifestyle can affect more than our outer appearance as it can increase both the length and quality of our lives. Educate yourself or seek advice from reliable sources to become well equipped to avoid America’s health problems. Then, as you improve your eating habits and engage in a regular exercise routine spread your knowledge and help raise awareness about this potentially deadly topic. When we accept responsibility for our poor choices we take total responsibility for our health and fitness. Once personal responsibility enters into the equation no longer can a person claim to be a victim of America’s health problems based on poor choices and a lack of knowledge.

 

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Laura Neumeister
Originally from Weyhe Germany and fluent in three languages, Laura is a world traveler, student and writer, currently blogging for Level 9 Fitness in Long Beach California.
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