Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bad Habits Asserting Themselves--And Making Us Fat

This article from the Science section of the New York Times is interesting reading. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/health/research/09beha.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Bad%20Habits%20Asserting%20themselves&st=cse

Between 1988 and 2006 the obesity rate in the United States went from 28% to 36%.

What also happened in that time period? The share of Americans 40 to 74 who ate five fruits and vegetables a day dropped from 42% to 26%. Furthermore while in 1988 57% of men and 49% of women reported exercising 3 times a week, by 2006 those numbers dropped for both sexes to 43%.

We cut back on the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables we ate and exercised less, and as a result we all got fatter.

So the only way to get thinner is to eat more fresh (i.e., raw) fruits and vegetables and exercise more. No pill or magic combination of food will do it.

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