Monday, 20 April 2009

Truths about Diet, Obesity, and $75 Billion

by: Dr. Donald A. Miller
Sensible diet prevents obesity! 
Healthy living prevents most diseases! 
(Unfortunately, old age is not a disease.) 

These truths should be self evident. 

Yet recent shock headlines tell us that "medical problems caused by obesity are costing U.S. tax payers $75 billion 
per year". 

The human body is a biological machine. We all know that overloading a mechanical machine can cause it to break down, yet we allow ourselves to overload our hearts, 
joints, and more. Moderate exercise helps "tune up" the machines we live in. 

Think about it. Many injuries are a direct consequence of being over weight and under exercised! 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us, "Seven of 10 deaths, or more than 1.7 million each year, are caused by chronic diseases." 
that the major risk factors for chronic diseases are "tobacco use, poor nutrition, and lack of physical activity" 
"Obesity is a major contributor to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and some types of cancer. Recent estimates 
suggest that obesity is associated with 300,000 deaths annually, second only to tobacco related deaths." 

"Type 2 diabetes, a major consequence of obesity, has also reached epidemic proportions over the last 10 years." In 
fact, "adult onset diabetes" is increasing among teens and pre adolescents. 

Apparently the CDC thinks the commercial food industry does a better job on shaping public opinion than do family discussions. Therefore, they are sponsoring public school 
initiatives to help children, and their parents, become better educated. 

If you have access to the internet, you don't have to wait for the CDC education programs. Do your own news watch and 

"Greedy drug companies" have been blamed for our rising health care cost. Perhaps we should look to ourselves for part of the cause. 

Want some help on getting started? 
Read "Easy Health Diet" by Dr. Donald A. Miller. This includes tips for on-line research, as well as much diet and health information, with sources. 

** Diet with FACTS, not MYTHS. ** 

About the author:
Dr. Miller is author of ""Easy Health Diet""""Exercise for 
Juniors to Seniors"" numerous free articles on health
Seven of ten deaths are caused by preventable diseases. 

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