Obesity today - $33 billion spent each year on weight control
Obesity is currently the number one health problem in the United States despite the fact that Americans spend more than $33 billion each year on weight control products and services. Interestingly, this billion-dollar industry seems to have no effect on slowing the increasing prevalence of obesity. Why should so much importance be placed on weight control? Both experimental and epidemiological research links obesity to an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic diseases amounting to a whopping $70 billion in medical expenses, not to mention 300,000 lives lost each year in the United States alone. In order to combat this growing public health epidemic, we must start exercising our bodies and begin making wiser, more nutritious food selections.
Avoid obesity ' The American Dietetic Association's Position on weight loss:
Successful weight management must include adoption of a healthful diet, regular exercise and behavior modification. Balance and moderation are emphasized. Carbohydrates are considered a crucial component of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) diet since it is the primary source of energy to fuel our bodies. Carbohydrates contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all of which help prevent disease.
The relationship between obesity and cardiovascular risk factors and heart disease has been documented by too many medical studies to be ignored. The following articles detail various aspects of diet, obesity, health providing foods and much more:
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Is chocolate and heart health a diet dream?
Cholesterol control herbs - fact or fallacy?
Losing weight the heart healthy way is easy
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Learn about the super health nutrients that can make a difference
Read the truth about red wine and heart disease
Cholesterol, blood pressure and soybeans. The truth on this wonder nutrient.
The potential risks and benefits of high protein low carb diets.
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