Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. A healthy diet is something we all need to consider….
Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States: about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.1 Even for people eating at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. These include heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. By making smart food choices, you can help protect yourself from these health problems.
The risk factors for not eating a healthy diet for adults is chronic diseases, like hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are increasingly seen in younger ages, often a result of unhealthy eating habits and increased weight gain.
Addressed at the the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly opened in Geneva on May 16th. As officials from 193 Member states began their annual review of the activities of WHO, it was Belgian professor Olivier de Schutter urged leaders to begin negotiations on a global agreement to stop the obesity epidemic.
The professor and special reporter on the right to food called for a similar agreement on junk food, which he says should include taxing unhealthy food products, regulating foods high in saturated fats, salt and sugar, and “cracking down on junk food advertising.”
He is also pushing for a complete overhaul of farm subsidies “that make certain ingredients cheaper than others” and for people to embrace small local farmers, “so that consumers have access to healthy, fresh and nutritious foods.”
Such measures “are essential to ensure that people are protected from aggressive misinformation campaigns.
Unhealthy foods, such as processed foods high in saturated fat and sugar, pose a greater threat to global health than tobacco products. The sale of tobacco has become highly regulated in recent years and so too should governments tax unhealthy food products, according to a United Nations investigator.
Is it impossible that big agriculture, with their billion of dollars will let this happen? Seems nearly impossible, but keep in mind in the 1960s and 1970s we thought the same thing about big tobacco. There is hope! Get involved to solve the problem.
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