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Time to Eat Healthy!

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In a recent report from Medscape in August 2014, Dr. Henry Black of New York University Langone School of Medicine says, “Diabetes is an epidemic in the United States”.He further states, “The rates of diabetes and obesity are increasing, especially over the last thirty years”.
One of the goals of this book is to help prevent obesity and diabetes by recommending walking/fitness as well as healthy menu planning.

I live in Wisconsin.In September 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation annual study reported that 29.8% of Wisconsin residents are obese.That number means that Wisconsin had the 22nd highest rate in the nation for adult obesity in 2013.In 1990, the adult obesity rate in Wisconsin was just 11.8%.Mississippi and West Virginia share the honors for the “fattest” states where 35.1% of adults in these states are obese.

Obesity is defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as an adult who has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.For children and adolescents, obesity is defined as weight being at or above the 95th percentile for the same age and sex when using the CDC Growth Charts.

Obese children are more likely to become obese adults.Obese children have a greater risk of social and psychological problems such as discrimination and poor self-esteem that may carry into adulthood.

On September 18, 2014, Medscape reported that Diabetes is a Major Public Health Crisis in China.The number of people living with type 2 Diabetes in China is over 100 million people.This is greater than any other country in the world.Eleven percent of adults in China have diabetes, while 50% have pre-diabetes.This is cause for concern because these adults will have major health problems which may include cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and cancer.The reasons for this health crisis is blamed on China’s rapid societal change and urbanization.This urbanization has created an “obesogenic environment” according toUniversity of Hong Kong officials.Food abundance, decreased physical activity, social disparity, psychosocial stresses, tobacco, care fragmentation, health illiteracy and suboptimal self-care has created this crisis.I am afraid that this is also happening here in the United States.Something must be done now!

If you follow the recommendations in the Eat Well, Live Healthy Guide, hopefully you can prevent chronic conditions such as diabetes.  The menus, recipes and exercise tips also promote a more healthy lifestyle which will hopefully prevent obesity. 

Eat Healthy!!



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