DEATH by DIET


Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

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fat.flag.imagesPeople are dying. Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are leading causes of death in the United States.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, unhealthy eating and inactivity cause 310,000-580,000 deaths every year. This number is close to the number of deaths caused by tobacco and 13 times more than are caused by guns!

 

The chart below shows the astounding numbers that substantiate these claims.

 Leading Contributors to Premature Death

 

Diet and Physical Inactivityf 310,000-580,000
Tobacco 260,000-470,000
Alcohol 70,000-110,000
Microbial Agents 90,000
Toxic Agents 60,000-110,000
Firearms 35,000
Sexual Behavior 30,000
Motor Vehicles 25,000
Drug Use 20,000
  Unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity are leading causes of disability and loss of independence:

 

 

Number of Americans Living with Diet- and Inactivity-Related Diseases

 

Seriously Overweight/Obese9 113,360,000
High Blood Pressure9 50,000,000
Diabetes10 15,700,000
Coronary Heart Disease9 12,600,000
Osteoporosis7 10,000,000
Cancer11 8,900,000
Stroke9 4,600,000

http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/nutrition_policy.html#eat

Consider that:

  • Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness and amputation.
  • Most hip fractures are caused by osteoporosis. Of people over age 50 who fracture a hip, 24% die within one year and 25% require long-term care.
  • Within 6 years of a recognized heart attack, 22% of men and 46% of women will be disabled with heart failure.

 

The CDC documented that state and federal governments spend one thousand times more to treat disease than to prevent it ($1,390 vs. $1.21 per person each year).

According to the USDA, healthier diets could prevent at least $71 billion per year in medical costs, lost productivity, and lost lives.This is an underestimate because it accounts for only diet-related coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes and not other diet-related diseases. Obesity alone is estimated to cost $117 billion, and osteoporosis costs $14 billion in medical expenses.

This being said, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invests $0.00 in nutrition programs for the general public. They never have and yet our country’s medical expenditures are breaking our budget.

They just don’t seem to get that education and preventive medicine are the only things that will change behavior and improve the health of our nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sheryl Malin

I am a registered nurse, licensed acupuncturist, and firm believer that holistic medicine generates holistic health. I also believe that diet is the major factor that influences our health. Home grown in New Orleans, granddaughter of a butcher and grocer, I have always been immersed in good food. However, throughout the years I have seen the quality of food plummet while poor health issues in the United States continue to rise.
I realize that most people are too busy to keep up to date about the ever changing issues that affect the quality of our food, our diet, and our health. As an educator, I was compelled to write this blog. My hope is to better inform you about the food you consume and how to make better choices in order to live a healthier life. It’s all about you and the choices you make.
Bon Appétit

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