July 12, 2013
Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington (UoW) have discovered that although Americans are living longer, they are in the worst shape with regard to overall health.
A new study concluded that from analyzing data from 1990 to 2010, the life expectancy for average Americans has been 75 – 78 years.
Due to failing health, Americans have seen life expectancy fall and a healthy life expectancy fall from 14th to 26th in an international average.
Researchers stated: “[M]orbidity and chronic disability now account for nearly half of the U.S. health burden, and improvements in population health in the United States have not kept pace with advances in population health in other wealthy nations.”
Conditions most suffered by Americans are:
• Lower back pain
• Major depressive disorders
• musculoskeletal disorders
• neck pain
• anxiety disorders
Major causes for disability for US citizens include:
• Alzheimer’s disease
• ischemic heart disease
Recommended avoidable risk factors have been identified as:
• poor diet
• tobacco and alcohol use
• high blood sugar
• sedentary lifestyle
In an attempt to control the caloric intake of children in the US, First Lady Michelle Obama and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released “Smart Snacks in School” that outlines federal standards for nutrition stands for “students, parents, school stakeholders and the food and beverage industries to implement the new guidelines, and make the healthy choice the easy choice for America’s young people.”
Caloric restrictions mandate that snack items can contain no more than 200 calories and entrees cannot contain more than 350 calories.
While low-calorie diets cause weight loss, they are also extremely dangerous because they decrease metabolic rates which throws the human body into survival mode and could lead to health problems such as heart disease, less muscle development, hypo-glycemic conditions; including the development of diabetes.
Caloric controls for school nutrition programs state that “kindergarteners to fifth-graders, lunches must contain 550 to 650 calories, and for ninth- to 12th-graders, lunches must have 750 to 850 calories.”
Using “science-based nutrition guidelines” with recommendations from the National Institute of Medicine (NIM) children and parents will have choices that are pre-approved by the federal government and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Tom Vislack, secretary for the USDA said: “Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children. Parents and schools work hard to give our youngsters the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong, and providing healthy options throughout school cafeterias, vending machines, and snack bars will support their great efforts.”
Let’s Move! is Michelle Obama’s answer to “the problem of obesity” to be solved “within a generation”.
The federal government has deemed “common sense” rules for nutrition to be implemented by the Task Force on Childhood Obesity (TFCO) created by executive power so that governmental policies will control what Americans can eat should they participate in national public school food programs.
In 2010, TFCO developed the action plan entitled, “Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation” that created national goals and measureable outcomes to control childhood obesity in the public and private sectors by collaborating with “mayors and governors, parents and educators, business owners and health care providers, coaches and athletes – to ensure that we are providing each and every child the happy, healthy future they deserve.”
Michelle Obama has endeavored to:
• Create national health standards for children
• Admonish parents and caregivers for not following those guidelines
• Control what food is available in schools
• Bar access to food not approved by the federal government
• Demand that children participate in physical activity
The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) released a report stating that Mexico holds the crown as the fattest nation; with the US in a close second.
Due to high-caloric and high processed foods, combined with a inactive lifestyle, Mexicans in metropolitan areas are at a high risk to develop degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that the obesity epidemic has harmed the Mexican population because “they are exposed to high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt, energy-dense … foods, which tend to be lower in cost but also lower in nutrient quality.”