Note from Connie: Don't Americans treasure their health? And why the heck do people in the U.S. get more diseases than folks in Europe? Could it be, in part, due to our consumption of those quickie carbs? Read about this study that Karen James tells you about, and draw your own conclusions.
Americans are more likely than western Europeans to be treated for preventable chronic diseases caused by obesity and smoking, Bloomberg News recently reported.
The trend is responsible for adding more than $100 billion a year to U.S. health spending, according to the findings, which appeared in the journal Health Affairs.