Healthy Food Options And Exercise

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Introduction Americans rates for being overweight is at an all time high. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, and being overweight has the most effect on one’s heart. There are programs working on lifestyle changes trying to help Americans reach their best health. Most Americans choose to eat foods that are not so good for them, and they also seem to lack the interest in participating in physical activity. Healthy food options and exercise can go a long way to improve the lifestyle of most Americans. Elements of American culture beneficial to your health The upside to fighting obesity in America is that it is a “known problem”, and everyone in the health fields are making solutions and plans on how we can prevent it. …show more content…

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), is when plaque builds up in the arteries in the heart. Being over weight increases the risk of plaque in the heart. The plaque then can eventually lead to heart attacks or even heart failure. Being obese can increase the risk of a person’s blood pressure rising. High blood pressure occurs in the blood flow, and can cause strain on the heart. An individual being overweight or obese can increase the risk of a Stroke, because of the plaque build up in the arteries. Eventually the artery ruptures from the plaque buildup, and a clot could block the blood flow to the brain. Type 2 Diabetes is also a major concern in Americans who are overweight. It has shown that there has been an increase in the number of kids with type 2 Diabetes as well. Diabetes occurs when the body is not able to create insulin on its own. Although people may not die from diabetes it is linked with CHD, strokes, and kidney disease. The reasons to why American culture has such disparities Fast food is a big reason we have a large number of Americans that are obese. The American lifestyle is that people are in such a hurry all the time. They do not have time to cook a healthy meal. Although it is not the fast food peoples’ fault that people are becoming overweight, people need to learn to pick the better option on what they intake into their bodies. A little under half of adults do not get the recommended amount of sleep per night, which is seven hours.

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