We’ve all been told that what we eat for breakfast can have a profound effect on our energy levels for the rest of the day. Now the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is calling for Americans to rethink their breakfast choices in order to get the nutrients needed to ward off serious diseases, such as cancer, stroke and heart disease.
As we go to press with this issue, images of the war in Iraq have been a constant presence in our lives. From newspaper headlines read at the breakfast table to nightly news reports consumed with our dinners, it’s been hard to avoid talk of this war. But how has all this war exposure been affecting the health of the American public?
The Skinny on Fats
It's okay to chew the fat as long as it's the right fat.
By Kristine Clark, PhD, RD, FACSM
The number of overweight and obese Americans has escalated to such epidemic proportions that one almost gets the impression that fat is as contagious as chicken pox! In truth, dietary fat is not totally bad. Unlike other epidemics, obesity is somewhat misunderstood in terms of its actu...
The statistics about heart disease are not very heartening: Since 1918, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of mortality in the United States every single year (Hasler, Kundrat & Wool 2000). According to the American Heart Association (AHA), CVD claims the lives of nearly half of the 2.4 million Americans who die each year—almost as many lives as the next seven leading causes of death combined (AHA 2002).
Led by a deep-fried version of the Twinkie, a fad of deep-fried desserts has swept across the country. This wave of decadence reinforces the need to communicate to clients the importance of resisting such temptations, however attractive or “innovative” they may be.