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Sugar and You: What You Are Really Consuming

The United States has the highest obesity rate in the world; about 72.5 million American adults are classified as obese. The epidemic is caused by over consumption and not enough exercise and is becoming a serious issue, with some of the leading causes of death in the US being a direct result of obesity (i.e. heart disease, stroke, and diabetes). Because of this, Americans are becoming more conscious of what and how much they are consuming. Calories and sugar are two important factors to consider when monitoring food intake. Let’s take a look at how much Americans are consuming as opposed to how much they should be consuming.

The recommended caloric intake for males that are moderately active is 2,000 to 2,400 per day and 1,800 to 2,200 for women. But with the escalating obesity rates, it is clear that Americans are consuming well over this amount. It is estimated that the average American will take in about 2,700 calories per day. Looking at this statistic, it’s no wonder the US is rapidly putting on the pounds.  By consuming an extra 500 calories per day, a person will gain a pound in just one week!

Weekly Health Tidbits: Obesity and Sleep

Obesity

With over 9 million children in our country alone being considered obese and overweight, the right people are starting to take notice. Hopefully the right people do the right thing, and start making some positive changes to this epidemic. 300,000 deaths a year in that range are due to that obesity, clearly it’s time.

One idea continually being tossed around, and I hope it works, is using educational computer games that targets children aged 3-8, that is a fun, interactive, and entertaining way for them to learn the importance of healthy eating, and the need to stay active.