Work Life Balance: You Can’t Outrun a Bad Diet

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 16th, 2015

A third of the population is obese. The number of American women who reported no physical activity in their free time increased from about 19% in 1994 to nearly 52%. In men, the number rose from about 1% percent in 1994 to 44%.

Nurses Bad Diet Still, there can be no doubt that dietary excess leads to problems. British researchers estimate that up to 40% of people in the normal weight range still harbor harmful metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity, which raises the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other conditions. They conclude that our calorie laden diets now generate more ill health than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined.

But calorie counting alone isn’t the answer; the source of the calories matters too. For every additional 150 calories of sugar (say, one can of cola), there was an 11-fold increase in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes, compared to 150 calories obtained from fat or protein. These results were independent of the person’s weight and physical activity.

The researchers conclude that changing the food intake and activity levels to reach a healthy weight are key to fighting the obesity epidemic.

“It’s time to wind back the harms caused by the junk food industry’s public relations machinery. Let’s bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity,” they write. “You can’t outrun a bad diet.”

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