What is a healthy diet
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Want to improve the quality of your life — lose extra weight. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Health showed some disturbing results — obesity is just as much, if not more of a threat to quality of life and the overall challenges of pubic health than smoking. This new awareness of the dangers of being extremely overweight coincides with rising rates in obesity in America, while the numbers of smokers have been consistently declining over the past several years.
Details of the study on the effects of obesity and smoking habits
Researchers took a look at data from 1993 up until 2008. They examined quality of life surveys, which were taken nationwide every year. They found that first of all, proportionate smoking rates declined among adults by 18.5%, while cases of obese adults in proportion to smokers rose by 85%. Could this be due to the heavy marketing campaigns against smoking, and new state legislation which has made smoking in public spaces prohibited in 22 states?
Secondly, the study found that obesity promotes more illness than smoking does, although smoking still has a more profound impact on death rates.
What does this study mean for individuals and the public?
This study only highlights what we all already know; obesity leads to disease. It also leads to a series of problems from low-self-esteem to a lack of energy. The extra weight wears down on both the mind and the body. High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, depression can all be worsened by being overweight. It is time for us as a society to come up with creative ways to help people lose weight and to encourage a more healthy lifestyle, thereby increasing quality of life, for everyone.
What can be done about obesity?
On a personal level, transformation. Part of the health problems from being obese are likely not just because of the extra weight, but because of the dietary choices that have made someone obese in the first place. A healthy, natural diet should be the first step.
The second step should be exercise. Again, this is not necessarily something drastic or uncomfortable, it could mean walking the dog every day for twenty minutes, stretching and doing simple strength exercises before going to bed, walking during your lunch break, playing tennis with a friend. The urge to do more physical activity will come naturally once the process is started.
Diet and exercise are of course the core to losing weight, but the state of the mind is also essential. Switch from thinking that losing weight is difficult and being obese is a must, to focusing on the transformation and embracing it. Spend five or ten minutes a day, breath deeply, and be aware of your health, accepting this challenge, and know that you are losing weight and you do not have to be obese. Just let it go.