Why We’re Really Sick: The Epidemic of Chronic Diseases

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I’m a firm believer that humans are designed to be physically active and that not doing so creates energy imbalances within the body that ultimately contribute to obesity and other health problems. As evidence, over 500,000 people die each year from diseases linked to physical inactivity and obesity. Furthermore, rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer have all tripled over the past 30 years corresponding to decreasing levels of daily physical activity and increasing rates of obesity.

In the not so distant past, humans were required to perform strenuous physical activity every day, as they had to hunt and gather food and constantly roam for shelter. In addition, since food supplies were scarce and often unpredictable, it was nearly impossible to over consume on a daily basis. 

As late as the early 1900s, physical activity was inevitable since many jobs required manual labor and owning an automobile was not the norm. Nowadays, we step into our high-powered vehicles and drive to the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts for a quick breakfast and a long day in front of a computer.

While modern times have improved human efficiency and productivity, many of today’s technological advances support inactive behaviors and laziness in general. People are living longer when compared to hunters and gatherers of the past but they’re considerably less healthy.

Now, sometimes a picture just speaks louder than words and seeing the real impact of unhealthy behaviors is more powerful than simply just reading about it. To develop a better understanding of the epidemic of chronic diseases and their linkages to physical inactivity, poor diet and other behavioral factors, check out the enlightening and easy to follow infographic highlighted on the following page entitled "SICK! Epidemic of Chronic Diseases" provided by the editors at Master of Science in Nursing Degrees.

The real truth is this: Although we’re no longer required to hunt and gather for survival, these behavioral patterns are engrained within us. As such, we must strive to create environments that promote physical activity and sensible eating in order to maintain optimal health. Learn how to achieve and maintain good health through weight control. Get your copy of "Leaving Your Fat Behind" today! 

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