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Obesity In America

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We are getting more obese and disease is on the rise. There is a link between obesity and chronic illness. It probably is not the cause of it but is a contributing factor. According to Denice Ferko-Adams, Director Villanova University’s new MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education:
• 34% of American’s are obese
• 12 states had an obesity percentage over 30% in 2010
• 0 States had an obesity percentage over 30% in 2000
Why have we become such an obese country? Why is Europe trimming down? It is three things: diet, diet and diet! You are what you eat.

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Are Athletes Healthy?

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We assume that athletes are healthy because they are strong, able to do amazing things and look thin. In reality they may not be so healthy inside. Healthy muscle and thinness can be had by extreme exercise but it doesn’t guarantee a healthy body. Health needs exercise but diet and a positive mental attitude is needed as well. Dr. Philip Maffetone says athletes can be fit but unhealthy. He says that autopsies preformed on athletes that have had a questionable death show that only 2% have healthy hearts. They are illness wrapped in a cute package. He says we have to stop confusing fitness with healthiness. You can be very fit, able to perform remarkable feats but at the same time be unhealthy. He goes on to say people with a predisposition to heart disease can turn “OFF” the gene that causes it by lifestyle changes (epigenetics). He says that diet, stress and even over training can lead to increased heart disease. Lastly he raises the ethical question, as I have raised in this BLOG, as to who is responsible if we encourage our children or ourselves to have a lifestyle that leads to illness and premature death?

America is Fat and Getting Fatter

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24/7 Wall Street reported that America is among the fattest nation on Earth and getting fatter. The average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29 and growing a point every 10 years. The most written about health problem is obesity in America. This leads to chronic heart illness, some cancers and diabetes. Adult diabetes is on the rise in every state. We know that diet affects epigenetics and epigenetics affects health. If you suffer from these ailments or are headed toward them, STOP and re-evaluate your life, your diet, the stress in your life and how you think in general. Ask yourself “are you really happy?” Make changes and reap the benefits. You can change poor health to great health but you must do it! No one else will or can do it for you.