What do you eat?

 

Most take for granted that nutrition is an important aspect in their everyday lives. These days it is quicker and easier to get fast food, order out, or even heating packaged foods.  Not having to wait more than a few minutes to eat is certainly easier than making dinner from scratch.  For some, on a hot summer day; they would rather spend the money and reach for a cold glass of soda, than to drink a tall (free and healthy) glass of water.  Many are choosing convenience and added flavorings over quality and nutritional value.

Our Country is greatly overfed and yet very undernourished. You may be wondering how that can be.  How could we possibly be eating too much and yet be starving?  How could that be possible when the majority of the people around us are over weight? It comes right down to what we are eating, not how much we are eating and nutrition is very important. Often, good quality nutrition, and what we are actually eating at two rather different things.  Do you think your diet is good?

What a diet of packaged, processed, refined, and sweetened foods are doing to us.

Most processed foods have been stripped of nutritional value in favor of added flavorings, and longer shelf lives.  When the majority of the food you are eating contain very little nutritional value, it is no wonder some people feel they are never satisfied. Your body is starving for something the foods you are eating does not offer; quality nutrition. It is no wonder we are gaining so much weight, when you see how much we are starving for a diet real food.

In 1976, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved high fructose corn syrup as safe for consumption.  Since then high fructose corn syrup has become an unbelievably common additive in processed foods and beverages, including breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meat, yogurts, soups, condiments, soda, ice cream, etc.  These foods are a huge part of the typical American diet.

The United States has the fastest growing rate of fast food restaurants in the world!  In the United States alone, consumers spent about $110 billion on fast food in 2000, which increased from $6 billion in 1970.

On average, over 56 gallons of soda is consumed per person each year. Only 26.1 gallons of bottle water was consumed per person each year.

The rate of obesity has doubled in the United States over the past 20 years. About 60 million adults, or 30% of the adult population is obese. The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids are now considered overweight or obese.

The United States is ranked #1 for obesity in the world. According to the most recent studies, the rate obesity is projected to rise until it peaks at around 42% of the population.

Only about 25% of adults consume the recommended diet of five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and even fewer children are meeting this requirement.

Does it make sense to you how we can be so very overfed, yet starving on the inside?  Nutrition or the lack of nutrition in your diet can play a huge part in your health and weight

What effect does good nutrition or bad nutrition have on our health?

The foods we eat are not the only problem.  Physical activity in this country are at an all time low. More then 50% of American adults are not getting the recommended amount of physical activity and more than 1/3 of the young in grades 9 -12 do not regularly engage in physical activity.  So, not only do we have poor nutrition, but we are not even involved in the type of activities that can help us to maintain healthy bodies or healthy weights.  The combined effect can be devastating.

  • Type 2 diabetes – once believed to only have an affect on adults – is now being diagnosed among the young.
  • 61% of the overweight 5 to 10 years old have least one risk factor for heart disease, and 26% have 2 or more risk factors.
  • Health care cost attributed to obesity have been estimated at $52 billion in 1995 and $75 billion in 2003.
  • The annual hospital costs related to overweight, obese children, and adolescents had more then tripled over the past 2 decades- from 1997-1999 it rose to $127 million versus $35 million in 1979-1981 AND this rate is rising everyday!

Those are just a few of the problems that relate directly back to our nutrition and exercise level.  Those are some pretty scary statistics

You are what you eat. When you make the poor nutrition decision to eat junk, over time, your body will become junk as well.  Want proof?  Just look at our countries diet, and the health of our country.  We are an overfed and yet undernourished society. If something does not change, we are headed down a troubling path.

Call 864.987.5995 if you are interested in nutrition and are serious about changing your life to start down a new life changing path.  It is time to take that first step.

 

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