Obesity, Smoking Erase More Years Off American Life Span

Earlier this year, I warned you about the plague of obesity expanding the waistlines and shortening the lives of Americans. Folks, the damage you may be doing to your bodies by smoking and eating the wrong things is far worse than you can imagine, according to a new report by the American Public Health Association (free report link below).

Some lowlights from the report:

  • The average American life span fell to 69.3 years, a number surpassed by 28 nations including Japan, United Kingdom, Germany and France.
  • This nation's infant mortality rate is more than double that of Japan.
  • Obesity rates in America have virtually doubled over the past 15 years.
  • Although 30 percent of Americans have quit smoking since 1990, the number of people who have quit since 1993 has leveled off considerably.
  • The report also named Minnesota our nation's healthiest state, while three Southern states -- Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi -- rounded out the bottom of the list.

I can only hope these results -- especially the shrinking American life span -- are a wakeup call to begin optimizing your health by adopting some lifestyle changes. Here's some help to get you started in the right direction:

  1. Retool your diet based on the right foods your body burns and consumes best for your unique nutritional type.
  2. Reduce, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars from your daily diet.
  3. Start moving on an exercise plan today!
  4. Rebalance your intake of omega-3 fats by taking a high quality fish or cod liver oil daily.
  5. Tackle the emotional issues that have crippled your health by learning an effective energy psychology tool like the Emotional Freedom Technique.

United Health Foundation December 12, 2005 Free Full Text Report

American Public Health Association December 12, 2005

Yahoo News December 12, 2005

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