Many of us are familiar with the old adage, ‚ÄúAll things in moderation.‚ÄĚ¬† Those are wise words to be heeded, especially in today‚Äôs society where it‚Äôs all about over-indulgence.¬† We eat too much highly processed fast food; we drink too many sugary, unhealthy drinks; we exercise less and overall, over indulge.¬†
What Price Will You Pay?
While we realize this type of living isn‚Äôt good for us, in the short term we don‚Äôt notice the damage being done to our bodies so we still keep it up.¬† However, there are consequences.¬† Over the past 30 years the number of children deemed obese has doubled while the obesity rate in adults has quadrupled.¬† …
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¬† ¬† It is crazy the amount of soft drinks and sodas consumed in this country each year. ¬†The negative effects on the health of the nation are becoming more apparent which each new study, especially when it comes to our children. ¬†Check out some of these numbers.
*Colas/sodas: Every year, the average American consumes around 45 gallons of unhealthy, sugary soda. ¬†That‚Äôs the equivalent of about one and a half bathtubs of cola. ¬†Most worrisome is the amount of sugar contained in these drinks.
There are an incredible sixteen teaspoons of sugar in an average twenty-ounce cola. Sixteen teaspoons in one soda.
Obesity is an epidemic in this country. More than 58 million Americans are overweight, and this figure includes at least 1 in 5 children. Obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
Many health risks are linked to obesity and being overweight. These risks include the following:
Coronary artery disease
Degenerative joint disease
Type II diabetes mellitus
Liver and gallbladder disease
Obesity also increases your risk of certain cancers: colon, rectum and prostate in men and uterine, biliary tract, breast and ovarian in women.
So how can you stay healthy and maintain an ideal weight? Well, good health depends on maintaining a proper balance of an …