Nearly half of all premature deaths in the United States are due to behaviors such as tobacco use, poor diet and lack of exercise.(1)
Two new studies from Harvard show that improvements in diet help reduce disease and premature death!
Two new studies from Harvard School of Public Health are hoping to shed light on dietary issues in America. One study found that recent improvements in the U.S. diet have helped reduce disease and premature death, but also reported that the overall American diet is still poor. Another study found that three interventions that reduce childhood obesity would save money in health care costs.(2)
In the study on the U.S. diet, researchers explored how the quality of the diet from 1999-2012 impacted disease and premature death. They found that healthier eating habits prevented 1.1 million premature deaths over 14 years! Diet changes resulted in 12.6 percent fewer cases of type 2 diabetes, 8.6 percent fewer cases of cardiovascular disease, and 1.3 percent fewer cases of cancer!(2)
One study found that healthier eating habits prevented 1.1 million premature deaths from 1999-2012!
Researchers found that it only took small improvements in diet to substantially reduce both fatal and non-fatal disease. On a scale of 1-110, with 110 being the healthiest, participants never reached a 50, meaning that Americans still have room to grow!(2)
In the study that analyzed cost-effective interventions for reducing childhood obesity in the U.S., they found that three interventions would be effective in reducing healthcare costs. The study promoted an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, elimination of tax subsidy for advertising unhealthy food to children, and nutrition standards for food and drinks sold in schools outside of school meals.(2)
Implementing three interventions would reduce healthcare costs and prevent thousands of cases of childhood obesity!
If these three interventions were implemented nationally, the excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would prevent 576,000 cases of childhood obesity. The elimination of tax subsidy for advertising unhealthy food would prevent 129,100 cases of childhood obesity and the nutrition standards for food and drinks sold in schools outside of school meals would prevent 345,000 cases of childhood obesity.(2)
According to the World Health Organization, 42 million infants and young children worldwide are overweight and obese. If the trend continues, it is estimated that this number will grow to 70 million by 2025.(3)
If you are concerned about your health or the health of your child, start today making changes in diet and exercise. You don’t have to change it all overnight, but every consistent small change adds up to big changes.