With family dynamics changing, the current trends in the American diet has also changed, but not for the better. The typical American diet is no longer filled with wholesome homemade meals with fresh fruits and vegetables. Families are no longer sitting down together for casual dinners. With fast paced lifestyles and double booked schedules, nutrition and healthy dietary habits have been placed on the back burner. Unfortunately, poor dietary choices and unhealthy eating habits show up in other aspects of life.
Childhood obesity is at an all-time high. This trend in the American diet is putting children at high risk for illnesses that could be prevented by having a healthier lifestyle. With childhood obesity on the rise (and a lack of adequate nutritional intake), children can be susceptible to having weaker immune systems. Weakened immune systems leave them at risk for increase of illness and sickness. Being overweight at a young age can also have negative effects on self-esteem and well-being. It is well known that obesity puts adults and children alike at a higher risk for diabetes. Consuming fast foods often in adolescent years can also predispose youths to future cardiovascular disease.
The same trends are being found in adults too, not just children. Sadly, many adults are plagued by illnesses that once used to be suffered by generations much older. American medical studies have suggested that this may be the first generation that is not expected to outlive their parents! Adopting a healthier lifestyle and cleaning up your diet can help prevent many illnesses and can help to improve the daily quality of life. Having a diet that is low in processed sugar can help keep you healthier, in addition to being rewarded with higher levels of steady energy.
If you are unsure where to start, contact a nutritionist or dietician to help you incorporate healthier habits into your life. A healthy diet is not actually a diet, but a healthy lifestyle. The gift of good health is priceless. Give yourself the greatest gift and recommit to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
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