Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Don't Become a Statistic !

I recently came across an article that truly disturbed me and I feel that it needs to have an impact on people. Obesity rates in our country are rising specifically in our youth. Two-thirds of American adults are now overweight or obese; more than 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. For many years there was a misconception that high fat diets cause people to gain weight but there are further research studies that have a correlation between sugar and carbohydrates. A growing number of doctors and advocates now see decades of increased consumption of table sugar and other refined carbohydrates as the most likely explanation for our current epidemics.
People gain weight not because of the consumption of too many calories but because specific kinds of calories trigger hormones that regulate how our fat cells behave. In particular, eating refined carbohydrates, and especially sugar, on a sustained basis leads to chronically elevated insulin levels. Among its many other crucial functions in the body, insulin tells fat cells to take up glucose, which is converted into fat, and then keeps fat from all sources locked inside. Therefore: Consume a bunch of sugar every day, as most Americans do, and you’ll get fat.
Those who actually consumed the most sugar, are 54% more likely to be overweight than those who eat the least amount of sugar in their diet. Yet obese individuals tended to misrepresent how much sugar they are eating. Sugar has the same stimulus in your brain as cocaine which causes a serious addiction that is hard to break.
Here are some scary facts: Some recent WHO global estimates follow.
-In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.
-Overall, about 13% of the world’s adult population (11% of men and 15% of women) were obese in 2014.
-In 2014, 39% of adults aged 18 years and over (38% of men and 40% of women) were overweight.
-The worldwide prevalence of obesity more than doubled between 1980 and 2014.

If that didn't alarm you, seeing what obesity can do to your health might make you think twice.
Common health consequences of overweight and obesity
-Raised BMI is a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as:cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke), which were the leading cause of death in 2012;
-musculoskeletal disorders (especially osteoarthritis - a highly disabling degenerative disease of the joints);
some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon).
-The risk for these noncommunicable diseases increases, with an increase in BMI.
All of these facts are scary and I can go on and on about the issues that are revolving around this problem. I am a HUGE nutrition advocate for EVERYONE. I feel that if you make yourself knowledgeable about what you are eating and putting into your body you can have a positive influence in the lives of others especially the youth population.
Check out the video below and maybe you will want to make a difference !

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