Healthy Eating Statistics: General Health
• A 2012 study published in the British Medical Journal showed that getting regular exercise, eating right and avoiding bad habits like smoking could help elderly women live five years longer and elderly men live six years longer.
• According to the Nurses’ Health Study, Nurses’ Health Study II, and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, the largest, most extensive studies ever conducted on health and nutrition, the foods that contributed the most to weight gain are french fries, potato chips, sugar-sweetened drinks, red meats and processed meats, sweets and desserts, refined grains, fried foods, 100-percent fruit juice, and butter (these results were published in June 2011 in theNew England Journal of Medicine)
• The CDC has stated that 75 percent of healthcare spending goes to treating preventable chronic diseases, most of which are diet-related.
• These studies also found that increased intake of dairy products had a neutral effect on weight.
• The Nurses’ Health Study also found that
weight loss was greatest among people who ate more vegetables, yogurt, and nuts
• Healthier diets could save the United States $87 billion per year.
• A 2011 AP-LifeGoesStrong.com poll found that more Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) worry about cancer and memory loss than heart disease … even though the lifetime risk of women getting
coronary heart disease is one in three compared to one in eight for getting breast cancer
• According to the American Heart Association and World Health Organization, you shouldn’t consume more than 7% of your total calories fromsaturated fat
• Top nutritionists at Harvard have concluded that trans fat could be responsible for an many as 30,000 premature coronary deaths per year
• The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of trans fats you eat to less than 1% of your total daily calories, which is less than 2 grams per day for a 2,000 calorie diet