Houston Chronicle – Tens of millions of these chronically ill Americans will gather to feast on Thanksgiving Day.
About 40 percent of the adults sitting around the table will be clinically obese, as will be 18 percent of the children, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The proportion of Americans over the age of 20 with diabetes has risen from 10 percent in 2000 to almost 15 percent in 2016, the last year that the Centers for Disease Control has analyzed.
More than 30 percent of Americans have hypertension.
As a result, the life expectancy for the average American at birth has dropped, the CDC reports.
Americans are fat, dumb and dying from bad health choices
Heart disease, respiratory ailments, stroke and diabetes were among the top causes of death. Personal behavior plays a significant role.
Political candidates are debating how to fix the nation’s health care system, offering solutions ranging from socialized medicine to transparent pricing.
But few have the guts to call out the American people themselves for being fat, dumb and dying.
Americans, on average, have dreadful eating and exercise habits. Most Americans consume too much sugar, salt and fat, and half overeat cheap, fast food high in calories and low in nutrition.
And three out of four do not eat enough fruit and vegetables, according to the National Institutes of Health.
When those adults have children, they create a generational crisis.
Poor eating habits hamper healthy development and create bad habits that last a lifetime.
And no, most American children are not naturally husky. According to pediatric researchers, most obese children simply eat too much.
The more home-cooked meals a child eats, the healthier they tend to be.
America’s obesity epidemic is one of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. economy. Rising childhood obesity will bring a tsunami of health problems when these kids reach adulthood and run up huge medical bills …