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Eating For Long Term Health

Remember, food is fuel – fuel for basic life function, and fuel for the good life! Maintaining balanced nutrition gives you the right nutrient supply to help you live your best, healthiest life.


When nutrients are out of balance, it can lead to a variety of health problems.  Obesity is one of the most common health problems.  

Obesity is defined as weight that is higher than recommended for individual height. Its definition is one of being out of balance. Americans have a high rate of obesity.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported obesity rates in Americans at 42.4{e6c4e4d09cbfcb70eba5dc435d44d7cb2d0e378527800a29222f16d6eea92ea1} in 2017-2018.  

Interestingly, obesity’s prevalence is similar across all age groups. Take a look at these numbers for 2017-2018: 

40.0{e6c4e4d09cbfcb70eba5dc435d44d7cb2d0e378527800a29222f16d6eea92ea1} of adults aged 20-39 are obese

44.8{e6c4e4d09cbfcb70eba5dc435d44d7cb2d0e378527800a29222f16d6eea92ea1} of adults aged 40-59 are obese

42.8{e6c4e4d09cbfcb70eba5dc435d44d7cb2d0e378527800a29222f16d6eea92ea1} of adults aged 60 and older are obese

( https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html ) 

Obesity is a huge health risk.  Obesity contributes to a long list of illnesses and conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain Cancers
  • Respiratory problems
  • Arthritis and other joint conditions
  • Depression and other mental health disorders

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Obesity is expensive

Obesity-related medical care costs in the United States, in 2008 dollars, were an estimated $147 billion. 

Similarly, obesity-related absenteeism results in annual, nationwide productivity costs of between $3.38 billion and $6.38 billion.


There’s Good News!

Obesity Can Be Avoided!

It is well within our control to make healthier meal choices and create opportunities to exercise.

Here are a few simple guidelines to help prevent obesity:

Be mindful of portion sizes

  • Don’t overeat!

Keep your plate colorful 

  • This is easily done with fruits and vegetables!

Limit intake of sugary foods, Fast Food and processed foods 

  • Make sweets an occasional indulgence. 
  • Fast food and processed foods are higher in fat and lower in nutritional value, giving you “empty” calories.