More than 60
million people, or a third of the US population, are overweight.
50 percent of women and 25 percent of men are inspired to
diet at any given time, yet studies show that the majority
of these people dont actually lose weight.
that life expectancy would increase by three years, coronary
heart disease would decrease by 25 percent and congestive
heart failure and stroke would decrease by 35 percent if everyone
reached a healthy body weight.
and less fit people have a 30 percent to 50 percent risk of
high blood pressure.
to underestimate what they eat by 50 percent primarily because
they dont understand serving sizes. For example, the
official USDA serving size for a bagel is 2 ounces, but bagels
served in restaurants are typically 4-5 ounces.
Men age 20 or
older consume an average per day of 2,460 calories, and women
age 20 or older consume 1,613 calories per day.
More than 60
percent of US adults do not participate in the recommended
amount of physical activity; and approximately 25 percent
of adults are not active at all.
increases with age and is more common among women than men.
who exercise regularly are less likely to develop heart disease,
diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, osteoporosis
and certain forms of cancer. Regular physical activity also
helps control weight; build and maintain healthy bones, muscles
and joints; and promotes psychological well-being.
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who
are usually inactive can improve their health and well-being
by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis. Physical
activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits,
and greater health benefits can be achieved by increasing
the amount of physical activity.