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Monday, March 27th 2006


Is obesity a national threat? Maybe where I am.

I have trouble getting into the national campaign to fight what really is, most of the time, a personal choice (you either want to put in the effort and maintain the self control to achieve and maintain a ‘healthy’ weight or you don’t) but that lack of concern might partly be because I’m 160 lbs and 6′ 1″ and could eat 3500 calories a day and probably not put on a pound.

But really as individuals if we are truly concerned about health then we need to take prevention seriously, and a huge part of that is nutrition.

Being overweight increases the risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, sleep apnea, respiratory problems and some cancers. Being obese poses the greatest health risks.

A study released last year by the National Institutes of Health suggests average life expectancy could decline by nearly five years if the rising rates of obesity cannot be curbed.