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A Common Sense Approach to Weight Management
Jan 21st, 2012 by Dennis McInerney

Weight management has been and continues to be a never ending challenge for many Americans. This is evidenced by the fact that 66% of adult Americans are overweight with 31% percent being obese (1). In addition, childhood obesity in the United States has more than tripled in the past two decades. The three big contributors to weight gain are the excess consumption sugar, processed food and fast food. Prior to 1900, the average amount of sugar consumed by Americans was 5 pounds per person per year (2). By 1997, the average amount of sugar consumption rose to 154 pounds per person per year and continues to grow (3). Our busy lives find us seeking quick meals in the form of processed food and fast food. Couple this with chronic stress and a sedentary lifestyle and you have a recipe for obesity. Chronic diseases such as insulin resistance, Type II Diabetes and heart disease can be directly linked to obesity. Approximately 25 million Americans have Type II Diabetes and 100 million people are estimated to be insulin resistant. Obesity is truly an American epidemic .

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