Latest Study: More Americans Obese Than Previously Thought


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Study shows 34% are obese and 32% overweight, per the numbers posted by the National Center for Health Statistics .

As science has proven, being overweight or obese raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, arthritis and other conditions, more and more Americans are growing around the middle. Alarmingly, the CDC reported that 32 percent of U.S. children fit the definition of being overweight, 16 percent were obese and 11 percent were extremely obese. Want tosee of you fit the category of health? Find out your Body Mass Index here.

 

This makes me wonder if the figures (statistically) would be shown that as more and more Americans are losing their jobs, homes and way of life, that all they can afford to eat are the cheaper, high carb, high fat foods. The Government and the Food and Drug Administration spout that Americans should be buying and eating healthy, nutritious, low-fat, low-carb, high-fiber foods daily. That is an admiriable goal. From the FDA’s website, eating their recommended meal planwould cost between $200-300 per person per month. Who can afford to eat like that in this economy?

 

If the Government is truly concerned about the health of Americans, I propose that they start a reality check: Americans cannot afford healthy, nutritious foods. Start subsidizing each American’s monthly food bill at $200 per person per month. This would be cheaper in the long run than treating heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, organ failure, gastric bypass surgeries and the myriad other health problems and issues stemming from obesity.

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