Thursday, July 11, 2013
I went to another Let's Move event at the White House yesterday. I must say that I love to see the First Lady speak. She is so smart and well-spoken and graceful. And she REALLY IS a fantastic dresser!
In any case, there was an academic who was presenting on some new research results about the impact of diet on death and disability. He said that dietary risks are the leading cause of disease burden in the US and contributed to more health loss in 2010 than smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.
Pretty fascinating, right? They were able to break it down even more. Starting with the biggest reason, the dietary risk factors that contribute to life years lost (meaning: premature death and years living with a disability) include:
*Diet low in fruits
*Diet low in nuts and seeds
*Diet high in sodium
*Diet high in processed meats
*Diet low in vegetables
*Diet high in trans-fatty acids (omega-6s)
*Diet low in seafood omega-3 fatty acids
*Diet low in whole grains
*Diet low in fiber
They say that one out of four deaths is attributable to poor diets. Of course, poor diets manifest themselves in a variety of other issues, but they are saying the root cause is poor diets.
And that is WAY MORE than not getting enough physical activity. In fact, they say that physical activity is on the rise!
You can find more info here: www.healthmetricsandeval