What Steals the Health of Americans?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-08-01 10:59:52 -0500
Started 2013-07-29 11:29:05 -0500

When I saw this article I was sure the answer would be something like Heart Disease, Smoking or even Obesity. I was shocked at what it was. It's what you eat! Not that it makes you fat, raises your blood glucose or clogs your arteries, but just plain old poor dietary habits. Wow.
Here are the numbers of people who died in certain risk categories.

In the study, the IHME identified the top ten risk factors for health loss in 2010 and the number of deaths attributable to each one. Here are the death totals by risk:

Diets 678,282
Smoking 465,651
High Blood Pressure 442,656
High Body Mass Index 363,991
Physical Inactivity 234,022
High Blood Sugar 213,669
High Total Cholesterol 158,431
Ambient Air Pollution 103,027
Alcohol Use 88,587
Drug Use 25,430

“If the U.S. can make progress with dietary factors, physical activity, and obesity, it will see massive reductions in death and disability,” says Ali Mokdad, who heads the county health performance team at IHME. “Unhealthy diets and a lack of physical activity in the U.S. cause more health loss than alcohol or drug use.”

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5 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-29 12:54:14 -0500 Report

Very interesting information Gabby. There is so much advertising for fast foods that are unhealthy than there are for healthy food choices. Today kids and adults have health problems because of the poor food choices they make.

I was reading an article in the newspaper that said more and more kids are now being diagnosed with high blood pressure high cholesterol and a very high mass body index. I was surprised but then I thought about it. Parents make the food choices for their children and if the parent has poor eating habits so will the children.

Fast food places makes it easier today to choose a quick meal then to buying the raw product and preparing a healthy meal at home. When you look at the ads on tv you see mom giving a kid a plate of mac and cheese for dinner or they order a pizza. Rarely do you see a healthy meal with veggies being served. The message food companies send is that even though the plate is filled with mac and cheese the meal is still healthy because the cheese contains "real milk", the juice is healthy because it contains "real fruit juice" and even though the mac and cheese from a box is very high in sodium, that isn't mentioned.

It is going to take a lot to change eating habits and getting people to make healtheir food chioces.

GabbyPA 2013-07-31 05:22:44 -0500 Report

I was reading an article in National Geographic of all places yesterday that was titled Sugar. It was a history of sugar dating back to 1000 B.C. It was very interesting, but one thing that of course stood out to me, was that sugar has a very similar affect on our minds as cocaine or heroine. Wow, that was a shock. I knew it was addicting, but I didn't realize that it was that much. That's why we struggle to get off it so much, and why one "hit" of it can easily cause a downward spiral.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-31 11:48:46 -0500 Report

I learned that years ago. Sugar is just as addicting as caffiene and other drugs. I also saw on the news that food companies add caffiene to a lot of foods which also makes it hard to get off of it. Salt is also just as addicting. People will cover food in salt before they taste it. So along with High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sodium and Caffiene as well as other hidden sugars added to foods, it is very hard to change eating habits. The body is going to crave these things. I have seen coworkers hands shake because they need more coffee and they drink it all day. Therefore, it is almost impossible to not eat sugar, caffiene and salt.

GabbyPA 2013-08-01 07:50:27 -0500 Report

I guess that is why we just have to shop the perimeter of the grocery store and eat as much whole, unprocessed food as we can. It is scary. I feel so trapped sometimes.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-01 10:59:52 -0500 Report

I never feel trapped. We all have to eat, you just have to read the labels, and make healthy food choices.

Not everyone has access to fresh foods and not everyone can afford the cost of it. Which is why there are people living in what are called Food Deserts.