Strawberries and Obesity

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To the Editor, It is quite noticeable that obesity rates in the United States are continually rising. When a person is obese, they have an increase risk to diseases such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease, various cancers, etc. (Haslam & James 2005). There are countless studies conducted to see the possible effects obesity can cause to an individual. One study concluded, if two obese individuals have a child, that child has a high percentage of being obese as well (Kolata 2007). Although there are different methods to help individuals lose weight, there are different reasons for people not to lose the excess weight. The most common responses for individual’s not to lose weight are, “I don’t have time to go to the gym,” “Workout DVD’s are expensive,” and “Healthy and fresh foods are too expensive for me to buy.” Nevertheless, if there was only one fruit that could possibly help any individual’s health dilemma(s), that fruit should be strawberries. Studying the effects of what strawberries can do to an individual’s health is a relatively new study. Nonetheless, there was a study conducted in Oklahoma, to examine the effects strawberries had on women who were obese and women who were healthy (Basu et al 2009). For four-weeks, the study was preformed; the researchers had the women drink strawberry flavonoids equivalent to amount of fresh fruit serving everyday (Basu et al 2009). Based off observation, strawberries are have a beneficial cardiovascular effect on the women (Basu

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