Poor Eating Habits Cause Malnourished - Obese - Sick Americans.
Posted Oct 22 2008 4:37pm
Right now, many Americans are starving themselves of their health: Studies show that junk food, sugary drinks, and beer make up nearly one-third of the calories adult Americans consume daily!
By comparison, healthier foods, such as fruits and vegetables, make up only 10 percent of our caloric intake.
Because of poor eating habits, two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and many more are simply malnourished.
You’ve heard the phrase “You are what you eat.” Well, it’s not far from the truth. Your body and its ability to function properly depend on the nutrients that you get from your food. In many ways, your body is like a car. Food is your fuel. And you need the right kind of fuel – and enough of it – to avoid breaking down.
What are the consequences of poor diet for children? Unhealthy eating habits during childhood can interfere with optimal growth and development while setting the stage for poor eating habits during adolescence and adulthood. * Poor diet can predispose to a number of serious illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and some cancers, and lead to a poorer quality of life. * Increases in other nutrition-related risk factors for chronic disease in children such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and type 2 diabetes have also been found. *Poor diet has also been linked to low academic performance, classroom behaviour problems and low self-esteem among school-age children. *Chronic diseases are among the most common and expensive health problems, and also are some of the most preventable. They can affect people of all ages and are a major contributor to the disease burden in the United States. *Overweight, obesity, and family history are risk factors that can contribute to a chronic disease diagnosis.
However, major chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma, arthritis, and diabetes can be caused by unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, lack of physical activity, poor eating habits, and not getting preventive screenings.
The following statistics are a representative sample of some of the most frequently occurring and debilitating conditions and chronic diseases plaguing America today that are inextricably linked to diet and lifestyle.
Sixty-four percent of the people in America are overweight—the highest percentage of any country in the world. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in America. Cardiovascular diseases account for more than 40 percent of all deaths in the United States. One out of every 2.5 people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime—that’s almost half the population. More than 90 million Americans live with chronic illnesses. Poor nutrition and lack of physical exercise are associated with 300,000 deaths each year.
The Standard American Diet: In America between 1980-1997, the average per capita consumption of major food commodities per person, per year included: