Our Health Report Card

By: Riley Evans

According to this yearís report card issued from the American Heart Association, Americanís heart health is in unsatisfactory despite the large efforts recently taken to get America healthy. Largely this is because most people arenít taking care of themselves.

In this report it states that more than two-thirds of American adults and roughly one-third of American children are over their ideal body weight. In the last 30 years or so, women alone have increased their calorie intake by 22% and men by 10%. Mostly these calories are loaded with carbohydrates and sugary beverages-basically just unneeded caloric intake. Perhaps even a bigger threat right now is the fact that the obesity rate in children has increased by 16%! 30 years ago only 4% of children were obese compared to 20% today.

Despite the fact that heart disease is the countryís number one killer, the study also found that approximately 21% of men and 18% of women still smoke-even more disturbing, roughly one-fifth of high school students have picked up the habit as well. Between the extra layers of fat which attributes to other risk factors such as lack of exercise, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, combined with smoking-approximately 94% of U.S. adults have at least ONE risk factor for heart disease.

The only bright light in this tunnel is the fact that cardiovascular disease fatalities has dropped almost 31% in the last 10 years (thought it still accounts for one in three deaths every year) and that stroke rate has also dropped close to 35% ranking it the fourth leading cause of death, instead of the third. Unfortunately these statistics have nothing to do with lifestyle changes, but rather from better treatments used by medical professionals. Advances include better surgical techniques as well as cholesterol-lowering statins, sometimes referred to as the "wonder drug."

Most people wait to take control of their health until theyíve been told by their doctor that something is going to happen, or something has happened to their health. Donít wait-right now many people are making their New Yearís resolutions-why not make yours this year to get healthier?

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Author of this article Riley Evans Social Media Editor for www.eboxed.com/>">Eboxed Internet Media Marketing that specializes in social media, marketing, and advertising.

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