Healthy Habits in Decline

Bad habits are asserting themselves:

Over the last 20 years, the share of Americans 40 to 74 who eat five fruits and vegetables a day has dropped to 26 percent from 42 percent….. The obesity rate increased to 36 percent from 28 percent. And 43 percent of Americans said they worked out at least 30 minutes three times a week, down from just over half.

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  1. Vicki says:

    Sad news.

  2. Bart Ingles says:

    Tangentially, I just realized that the calorie figures on package labels only add up if non-nutritive fiber is counted as a digestible carbohydrate. This only makes sense if you’re planning on feeding your veggies to the family cow.

    Perhaps if labels showed “available calories” instead of calorimeter figures, some people would allow themselves to eat more high-fiber foods.

  3. Maggie Knowles says:

    A good argument that supports preventative health care and education.

  4. Sunil says:

    Have you lekood into the QUALITY of health care in the countries that have socialized health care? You think the US is bad now. Do a little research into how much less likely you are to survive if you are diagnosed of cancer in one of those countries compared to the US. My family is from a European country with socialized health care and in order to be properly taken care of you have to give cash bribes to the doctors! Is that better? Is that the morally correct way to handle out problems? We should look at the source of the problem, why cannot 20% of Americans afford their own health insurance. Why don’t we do more to lessen the poverty level in the US by encouraging and subsidizing job training programs? That is the only way to have a long term solution to our problems Help people pay for their own stuff. And just an end note I am a young single mom, I should statistically be living in poverty for the rest of my life but I have made the choice to not let that happen. I made the choice to work my way through college while taken care of my daughter so our lives can be better. Tell me why other people can’t do the same!