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The Importance of Nutrition and Health

The Importance of Nutrition and Health

As the rate of obesity and related deaths sky rocket in the United States, Americans need to be more conscious regarding their health, daily exercise, and nutritional habits. Although a small number have begun to incorporate some sort of diet and exercise into their daily schedule the majority still do not see this as a priority. With the studies surrounding this epidemic comes a huge debate over how much actually is obtained through heredity vs. environment, and how it can be managed. Although, there are many new and fast acting diet and exercise regimens advertised to help these over weight individuals, not many work, “The ultimate cure for obesity is exercise” (“Fit or Fat“ 30). In addition, many diuretics (specifically ephedrine) have swept the Nation, all of them claiming to be the miracle cure for weight problems. However, most of these new drugs have been reported to have severe side affects. Many of which are being ignored because of the extreme pressure to be thin. The reality is that Americans need to accept that the only way to stay healthy is by eating properly, and leading an active lifestyle.

Regular exercise is a primary element in achieving this goal. As individuals gain weight and become obese even everyday activities are more difficult. Overweight people tend to be much less active than someone who is fit is, they are happiest expending the least amount of energy as possible. “They’d rather lie down than sit, and they’d rather sit than stand,” (Mirkin 201). This becomes a never-ending cycle, until a conscious decision is made to change. When at least thirty minutes of exercise is incorporated into their day the energy level is jolted and that is when the weight will start to come off. Exercise controls weight, increases energy, and elevates and improves a persons mood. It is a natural appetite suppressant, and alters many chemicals in the body that merely alleviates the feeling of hunger. The more regularly someone exercises the less they crave food and the less they gain weight. (Mirkin 202) Working out also alters the person’s metabolism, and helps them burn calories. It is being used for more than just weight loss; psychiatrists have successfully been treating individuals with mood disorders, by...

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