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- If you suffer from or have a family history of any of the aforementioned chronic conditions or diseases, consult your family physician for dietary counseling.
- Although every individual is unique in his or her dietary needs, here are some ideas to help all of us:
- Eat more dark green vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, low-fat milk products, and lean meats.
- Eat fewer foods with refined grains and sugars; reduce your intake of fatty foods with empty calories; and eat smaller portions.
- Eat slowly so that you will feel full before you've overeaten.
- Don't reward yourself or children with food.
- Limit snacking.
- Develop a routine and eat at similar times each day.
- Drink plenty of water.
Annual costs for chronic diseases in the U.S. is big money:
- $117 billion for obesity
- $73.4 billion for high blood pressure
- $448 billion for heart disease and strokes
- $50 billion for weight-loss aids, diet foods, supplements and weight-loss medications—and obesity is still increasing
- 79% likelihood exists that an overweight child will become an overweight adult
- 75% of adults don't eat the recommended daily five or more servings of fruits and vegetables
- Snack consumption by children has increased 300% from 20 years ago
- 400,000 people die annually from poor eating habits and laziness
- French fries are the most eaten vegetable in the U.S.