Nutrition Matters

By many measures, the population of the United States is the unhealthiest of any high-income country despite spending much more money, as a share of the economy, on health care. The incidence of chronic disease is higher and life expectancy is lower.

Many chronic conditions plaguing Americans, such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, are avoidable with a prudent diet and lifestyle. Today, more than 42% of American adults have obesity, as do 19.3% of children of age 19 and under. The U.S. has the world’s 12th-highest obesity rate, after Kuwait. (The top 10 are all small Pacific island nations.)

Diet makes a difference. Nearly half of all deaths in the U.S. from heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes are associated with diet, such as the over-consumption of processed meats and sugar-sweetened beverages and insufficient intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Make America healthy again by paying more attention to nutrition —

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4 thoughts on “Nutrition Matters

  1. This is also so important. I see a lot of the problem in low income areas is the fact that people in poverty live in food deserts. Their only source of groceries is a convenience store we’re all they can get is prepackaged food full of sugar, bad fat, and salt.

    I agree this should be a top priority for the next administration. And my suggestion for the person to head it would be Michelle Obama. She started doing this during her husband’s administration and made so many wonderful innovations. Just having a Garden at the White House and teaching children about growing their own food, they were so much more likely to eat healthy food when they had cultivated themselves. Programs like this don’t have to cost a lot. And in fact will save millions of dollars in the long run with better health.

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