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Obesity "Eats" $150 Billion In Health Care Costs!

By Edited Jan 26, 2014 0 0

Obesity in America has been declared an epidemic!

Undeniable evidence throughout the World indicates that people who are overweight are more likely to fall victim to coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, gout, gall stones and arthritis.  In contrast, this could be largely eliminated simply with better eating habits and individual weight control.  Even as little as 10 to 20 pounds of weight loss can make a differ

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ence in a persons overall health and risk of disease.

Obesity in America has been declared an epidemic and a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on obesity by state shows Mississippi as the most obese state in America.

At least the powers that be have finally admitted that oxidative stress is the primary reason for disorders such as insulin resistance. Well guess what! Oxidative stress is responsible for nearly all disorders! And the only way to avoid oxidative stress is by providing your body with "antioxidants" which are only available in a proper diet that includes an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Your diet doesn't have to be restrictive or confusing

Healthy eating habits automatically provide your body with antioxidants.  Your diet doesn't have to be restrictive or confusing.  For the most part it simply means you should eat a wide variety of foods.  Just remember that each food, or category of food has different nutritional benefits.  

In most cases, simply adding certain foods to your current diet will lead you to some healthier habits.  For example, fruits and vegetables offer an array of vitamins and minerals (aka: antioxidants).  To get the best benefit, they should be consumed either raw, lightly steamed, or juiced. 

On the other hand, if peopl

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e continue to consume empty calories, ignore obesity charts, and continue to consume processed foods that are void of antioxidants, the problem will cost the World economy even more billions of dollars than it already does.

People who carry around extra weight are at risk not only for heart disease, diabetes and cancer, but for every other disease you can possibly think of.

Obesity statistics show that health related costs are growing

Eric Finkelstein, co-author of The Fattening of America, says; "medical costs won’t go down unless Americans make a serious effort to improve their diet and exercise patterns." Reed Tuckson of the United Health Foundation said; "there is a tsunami of chronic, preventable disease about to enter our health care system that will be unaffordable."

Kenneth Thorpe, chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory University performed a special analysis on excess body weight for America’s Health Rankings, reported; “Overeating will be the leading driver in rising health care costs.”  In summation, and according to obesity statistics, if the current trend in America continues, only Colorado will have a population that is less than 30% obese.  And the problem of obesity in children has grown considerably in recent years. 

Even dog food commercials warn about processed foods!

This analysis and others add to the growing body of evidence that obesity’s impact on medical costs are growing at an unsettling pace. A study released in July 2009 showed that weight related medical costs in America alone were near $150 billion as of 2008. Double what it was a decade before. And it now accounts for nearly 10% of medical spending.  The obesity definition used in these studies is 20% or more over an ideal body weight.

Now, if I may, I want to interject something here. Overeating in i

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tself is not the problem. Overeating processed foods and fast food is the problem. Heck, even “dog food” commercials are warning about processed foods now!

Antioxidant rich “whole foods” can completely eliminate our overweight problem. The old adage, “an apple a day”, has never been more meaningful than it is today.

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