7 Bad Eating Habits You Should Change Immediately

Written by Emily Clark

People are obsessed with dieting and weight loss! Don't believe me? Just tune-in to any source of advertising...you're instantly bombarded withrepparttar latest diet schemes and "Hollywood" food fads.

Here in America, we have built a thriving industry trying to control our weight and treatrepparttar 144653 consequences of over-indulgence. The cost of weight loss and obesity related health care treatments is staggering...Americans alone spend around $114 billion every year! And even with all this interest in losing weight, we continue to pack onrepparttar 144654 pounds like never before...

- A whopping 64 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese...up about eight percent from earlier estimates.

- Among children and teens ages 6-19, 15 percent or almost nine million are overweight...triplerepparttar 144655 rate in 1980!

- Nearly one-third of all adults are now classified as obese.

For Americans, modern life may be getting TOO easy. Our cushy lifestyle means we expend less energy and consequently need fewer calories to sustain our normal body weight.

Think about it for a moment...

Entertainment no longer requires energy expenditure. In fact, it's usually quiterepparttar 144656 opposite. We now entertain ourselves inrepparttar 144657 comfort of our own home while watching TV and munching on our favorite snack. Whether it's television, computers, remote controls, or automobiles, we are moving less and burning fewer calories. Common activities that were once a part of our normal routine have disappeared...activities like climbing stairs, pushing a lawn mower or walking to get somewhere.

And please do not misunderstand me...I appreciate comfortable living just as much asrepparttar 144658 next person. But, here isrepparttar 144659 problem...

With all of our modern day conveniences and "cushy" style of living we have not adjusted our caloric intake to compensate for our decreased caloric expenditure. We consume more calorie rich and nutrient deficient foods than ever before. Consider a few ofrepparttar 144660 following examples comparing what we eat "today" vsrepparttar 144661 1970's (U.S. Department of Agriculture survey):

- We are currently eating more grain products, but almost all of them are refined grains (white bread, etc.). Grain consumption has jumped 45 percent sincerepparttar 144662 1970's, from 138 pounds of grains per person per year to 200 pounds! Only 2 percent ofrepparttar 144663 wheat flour is consumed as whole wheat.

- Our consumption of fruits and vegetables has increased, but only because French fries and potato chips are included as vegetables. Potato products account for almost a third of our "produce" choices.

Are You Sometimes Confused by Written Medical Instructions?

Written by Emily Clark

Now, imagine what it would be like if you were sick, scared and had only third grade reading skills. Your doctor tells you, "You've got to follow these instructions exactly, or you could die."

About 200 recent studies have shownrepparttar reading difficulty of most health related materials FAR exceedsrepparttar 144652 average reading abilities ofrepparttar 144653 American adult. One ofrepparttar 144654 biggest silent health problems today isrepparttar 144655 gap between health materials and reading skills.

Inrepparttar 144656 United States,repparttar 144657 average reading level is eighth grade. In 1992,repparttar 144658 Educational Testing Service determined that half U.S. adults read at between first and eight grade level. That is about 148 million people. It gets worse. One quarter of Americans read BELOW FOURTH GRADE level, meaning 74 million people would struggle with evenrepparttar 144659 simplest, most well written health materials.

Does it matter? Do you rememberrepparttar 144660 anthrax scare, when someone was putting deadly white powder into our mail system?

During that terrorist scare,repparttar 144661 U.S. post office mailed millions of post cards to Americans. The post cards told people how to protect themselves fromrepparttar 144662 deadly infection. They gave instructions on how to handle and report suspicious mail. These post cards were written at between ninth and eleventh grade reading level.

More than halfrepparttar 144663 people who got that mailing could not read it well enough to protect themselves and others. Does it matter? Do 148 million people matter? Will it matterrepparttar 144664 next timerepparttar 144665 terrorists strike?

Do you rememberrepparttar 144666 mailingrepparttar 144667 Surgeon General sent out explaining how to avoid contracting HIV? He made every effort to see that it was written in clear, simple language. He got criticism for just how plain talking it was in places. A later evaluation of that document showed that it was written at between seventh and ninth grade level. Halfrepparttar 144668 people receiving it read at a level BELOW what was required to read it. No wonderrepparttar 144669 infection keeps spreading.

Think about it. For millions of people,repparttar 144670 problem is not justrepparttar 144671 tiny print on prescription bottles. The problem isrepparttar 144672 words themselves. What does "take on an empty stomach" mean exactly? When should you "take four times a day"? Perhaps your doctor explained to you atrepparttar 144673 office. Do you remember whatrepparttar 144674 doctor said a week later?

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