American Health Crisis
America is a great country. We have the security, freedom and lifestyle desired by many people around the world.
But Americans are overweight, unhappy and unhealthy. Every year healthcare costs increase while overall health decreases; people continue to eat poorly, gain weight and depend on medications and operations to maintain their health.
We are witnessing a health crisis in America today. In 2004, 66% of Americans were overweight or obese. That number has greatly increased in the past few years. The rates of diabetes in this country have more than doubled between 1980 and today.
Every day, 2,500 Americans die from cardiovascular disease, such as coronary heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. Why are Americans so unhealthy and overweight? Why do we suffer in increasing numbers from chronic health concerns, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, reproductive issues and depression? Why do we need so much medical attention and medication?