Friday, March 25, 2016
Are you in the 3%?
--More than half of what we eat is ultra-processed
--The average American man is just under the medical definition of obese
--In a 2013 ranking of the health of the affluent countries--the US came in last
A new study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, said a "healthy lifestyle" meant:
--Moderate or vigorous exercise for at least 2.5 hrs minutes a week...
--A diet score of more than 40% on the Healthy Eating Index (beats me)
--A body fat percentage under 20% for men, 30% for women.
The researchers looked at 4,745 people in the 2003-6 National Health and Nutrition Survey. Diet was scored from 24-hr diaries.
--71.5% were nonsmokers
--46.5% got enough exercise
--37.8% had a healthy diet
--But only 9.6% had a normal body fat percentage (normal being debatable)
Just 2.7% met all four criteria.
Now I have a quibble with this article--I think the favorables are pretty high--the percentages...
I don't think you can conclude, as this writer did, that only 3% of people have a healthy lifestyle.
That's spin. For one thing, the study they referenced was 10 years old.
Yes, as a "people" we tend to be stressed, overweight and sedentary as we scratch out an existence. But many, many people are trying to do better.
Kale growers are flourishing.