Hope you all have enjoyed this pleasant summer so far!
I would like to share one recent report by Madeline Drexler, the Editor of Harvard Public Health School. This report may be long, but it is totally worthwhile to read (link to the full report at the bottom).
Below I want to call out two facts for your attention:
- According to 2014 national data, 35 percent of adult men and 40.4 percent of adult women are obese. All told, more than 70 percent of Americans ages 20 and over are either overweight or obese. It is not a matter of benign padding. Compared with those with a normal or healthy weight, people who are obese face increased risk of dying from all causes and, more specifically, for suffering cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, certain cancers (20 percent of cancers in women and 16 percent in men are related to obesity), depression and anxiety, and many other chronic health complications. Mounting research, including a 2016 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggests that U.S. life expectancy may be starting to decline—the first time since 1993 when HIV-related deaths were peaking. Age-adjusted death rates for the first nine months of 2015 rose sharply compared with the same period in 2014—and, most notably, involved causes of death linked to obesity. If this trajectory continues, the health complications of obesity in America will soon eclipse the benefits from declines in smoking.
- Americans overeat what our farmers overproduce. “The U.S. food system is egregiously terrible for human and planetary health,” says Walter Willett. It’s so terrible, Willett made a pie chart of American grain production consumed domestically. It shows that most of the country’s agricultural land goes to the two giant commodity crops: corn and soy. Most of those crops, in turn, go to animal fodder and ethanol and are also heavily used in processed snack foods. Today, only about 10 percent of the grain grown in the U.S. for domestic use is eaten directly by human beings. According to a 2013 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, only 2 percent of U.S. farmland is used to grow fruits and vegetables, while 59 percent is devoted to commodity crops.
So, how do we fix this problem that can wipe human species out like the unknown force did to dinosaurs? The solution lays only in each one of you, we have to change our behavior, and that will push the industry for a change (is what I hope for).
Here are some encouraging facts:
In a July 2015 Gallup phone poll of Americans 18 and older, 61 percent said they actively try to avoid regular soda (the figure was 41 percent in 2002); 50 percent try to avoid sugar; and 93 percent try to eat vegetables (but only 57.7 percent in 2013 reported they ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables at least four days of the previous week). And these numbers are only going up!!
So be wise with what you put into your body.
Stay away from refined sugar and purified food ingredients or proceeded foods, choose food/drinks using whole food ingredients, choose your snack carefully.
Finally, detox is important, especially after the late nights. 😉
Report by Madeline Drexler, the Editor of Harvard Public Health school