Friday, May 22, 2009

Pandemic Strikes the Globe

The World Health Organization reports a global pandemic. The organization specifies that approximately 1.6 billion people over 15 years of age are afflicted by this pandemic, and the by 2015 the number of adults stricken by this pandemic will rise to 2.3 billion.
This pandemic causes a host of chronic diseases: high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, musculoskeletal diseases such as osteoarthritis, endometrial, colon, and breast cancers, and gallbladder disease.
What sad about this pandemic is that for the majority of cases, people inflict in upon themselves. The cause? They eat too much and exercise too little.
The deadly disease goes by the names overweight and obesity.

The best way to determine either of these conditions is to use the Body Mass Index, also know and the BMI. A healthy BMI runs between 18.5 and 25. Below 18.5 means underweight and above 25 indicates and overweight. Above 30 describes obesity.

There are some simple remedies to overcome this unhealthy condition: increase the daily intake of fruit and vegetables, limit the amount of sugar intake, and engage in moderately-intense physical activity on most days of the week. There is no need for special diets.
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