|What Are We Drinking?
|September 19, 2012
|In 2010, 64% of Sutter County adults were overweight or obese (the definition of
obese is VERY overweight). Two-thirds of adults weigh too much! Just look around, we
have a major problem and it hasn’t gotten any better now that we are mid-way through
2012! Even one-third of our children are overweight or obese! The current generation may
be the first in U.S. history to have a shorter life span than those that come before them
due to chronic illnesses associated with being overweight or obese. As a society, we
have become disconnected from where our food comes from and what is in it. The topics
are limitless when it comes to food and the role it plays in our health whether
detrimental or beneficial. Many factors such as heredity, environment and lifestyle
have to be taken into consideration when thinking about the reasons why weight has
become such an issue. No matter what factors are causing our problem the fact is
chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are directly
linked to weighing too much. Even so, let's start simple. The information here
focuses on only one topic: sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).
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