Today many people are overweight, have higher risks of many chronic diseases, and as such have become concerned regarding their intake of fat. Consumption of highly processed foods and a reduction in n exercise has contributed to the situation and resulting concerns.The combination of these two situations have caused an alarming increase in obesity among not only the middle aged, but our youth as well.
The rise in obesity has led to an increasing number of people experiencing obesity related diseases including but not limited to: metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension (high blood pressure), high blood cholesterol, high triglyceride levels (combined hyperlipidemia) some cancers in both men and women, as well as other comorbid conditions like: sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, lower extremity venous stasis disease, gastro-esophageal reflux, respiratory insufficiency, arthrosis of backbone and of lower limbs, fertility anomalies, urinary stress incontinence and bilary calculosis (gallstones).
While it is a well-known fact that most Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, a new report shows the color of fruits and veggies eaten can be as important as the quantity.
80% of (eight out of ten!) Americans are missing out on the health benefits of a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, resulting in deficiency in important phytonutrients. While the health benefits of diets rich in fruits and vegetables has been unilaterally accepted, there is growing evidence to suggest there are important health benefits of phytonutrients (phytochemicals).
Many people want to lose weight, but they hate the hunger they associate with dieting. What many people do not know, is that it is possible to lose weight without dieting if you adopt sensible eating habits, practice portion control, and exercise consistently.