Unhealthy eating habits and lack of adequate exercise cause not only some very serious health conditions for people but are also counted as the leading causes of death in the U.S. according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Figures suggest that approximately 678,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. due to poor nutrition as well as obesity related disease such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Based on statistics from 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services indicates that the number of people living with diseases related to diet are alarmingly high with the following types being the most common:
Obesity: It is estimated that a huge number of approximately 78,100,000 Americans suffer from obesity and the rates are still rising. This means that over two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. And the problem is not only restricted to adults but even in children, where obesity rates have tripled over the last three decades.
Heart Disease: In the case of heart disease, an enormous 26,600,000 Americans are living with the condition which can be both debilitating as well as fatal.
Cancer: Poor nutritional choices have also been known to lead to different types of cancers and about 20,073,000 Americans suffer from cancers relating to diet and inactivity.
Diabetes 2: Type 2 diabetes has a close connection to what we eat and due to lack of good nutrition practices. 29,100,000 Americans have fallen victim to this life threatening condition. Diabetes can easily be a leading cause of blindness as well as amputations. In fact, figures suggest that roughly 73,000 people have lower limb amputations every year due to their diabetic condition.
Given their poor eating habits, the quality of life of individuals is seriously reduced, a great number of people become overweight, and diet related diseases are expensive to treat. Many people also fail to recognize that an unhealthy diet is a leading cause of disability, and bad eating habits continue to prevail.
The typical American diet is too high in calories, saturated fats, added sugars and sodium and lacks adequate supplies of fresh produce like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fiber and many important vitamins and minerals that can be added into the diet by eating more plant-based foods.
Numerous studies have shown that a diet rich in plant-based foods provides the body with enough protein, carbs, healthy fats, along with essential vitamins and minerals. Other than Vitamin B12, which is neither produced by the human body, nor supplied by plants, a plant-based diet has nothing lacking in meeting an individual’s dietary needs.
So what exactly is a plant-based diet? Let’s take a closer look in upcoming posts!