Something that I am confronted with every time I go to the grocery store is seeing what others are unloading from their carts at the check-out. Through a steady and persistent effort over many years I have learned a lot about what to eat and what not to eat. I also have a vested interest in the people of our community because I have a vision to change the health of this community. So . . . when I see the what people are putting on the conveyor for the cashier it makes me frustrated! High fat processed meats, stuff in cans, and pre-made meals, piles of breads and things like powdered donuts, pops and juices, and little, or no fruits or vegetables or clean unprocessed meats. I wonder how the foods I see will actually sustain these people, and especially their children who are starting off with junk, and it’s not just sometimes, in fact it is very rare to see someone buying healthy food at the check-out!
I learned a long time ago that I can’t change what people at the grocery store are eating, but maybe I can help you. Here is some research you should be aware of:
A new Canadian study has scientifically quantified the obesity health toll as shaving up to eight years off of a person’s life, with several decades of relative misery leading up to this early death. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal noted that the major risk factors associated with obesity are common illnesses like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Most people are aware of these conditions, and even their relationship with obesity, but they often fail to recognize how quality of life is degraded once they are present.
Published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a study comparing young men and women of healthy weights to young obese individuals found that those who were overweight lost about 8.4 years off their lives if they were men and 6.1 years off their lives if they were women. Similarly, the young obese men suffered 18.8 more years of poor health leading up to their early deaths compared to men of healthy weight, while young obese women suffered 19.1 years of poor health. Even when obesity emerged just in old age, both men and women were found to lose years off of their lives: for men, an average of 3.7 years and for women 5.3 years.
“This research study yet again supports the clear message that by becoming obese you not only take years off your life, but also life off your years in terms of experiencing more years in poor health rather than enjoying a happy, active and productive life,” added Barbara Dinsdale, a lifestyle manager at the British charity Heart Research UK.
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