“Today over 144 million Americans, or 66 percent of adults age 20 and older, are overweight or obese (BMI at or above 25). That is nearly seven out of every 10 adults. Additionally, 33 percent (over 71 million) of adults are classified as obese (BMI at or above 30). Obese Americans now outnumber overweight Americans, which means that individuals who are above a healthy weight are significantly, not slightly, above a healthy weight. Some experts project that by 2015, 75 percent of adults will be overweight, with 41 percent obese.” (American Heart Association)
Obesity causes an increased risk for developing many health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and several others. But is there another component missing in the equation of illness that somewhat remains elusive? It is a fact that a healthy lifestyle is a good determinant of health. Yet, aren’t there some individuals who eat well, exercise plenty and do all the right things and yet turn around and have cancer or some other illness?
The concerns at hand are of a psychological, social, emotional and/or intellectual nature. The repeated complaint tends to be stress. The ensuing result is usually a trip to the doctor or the emergency room for various medical problems. Whether it is work-related, family-related, school-related or finances-related, at the onset there is stress.
What is the price tag of disease to society as a whole? Healthcare costs keep soaring. Insurance premiums keep rising. Should there be a red flag being waved? Should everyone be concerned about the state of the nation? Or should things be left alone in the hope that they will resolve themselves in due time?
Many steps are being taken to promote healthy living. More and more people talk about their diet or that they want to exercise more. Many people have given up smoking. Yet, it may not be enough.
The field of preventive medicine is starting to take root, though mostly on a theory level. More and more people are acknowledging hearing about healthy lifestyle as prevention to illness. Their definition of it may vary per their level of understanding but it is still a very good start. The price tag of healthcare to society would be far lower if more people were to eat the right foods, drink less alcoholic beverages, quit smoking, not do drugs, and have their check-ups.
The impact of our diseased-oriented society is so phenomenal that one can see it everywhere. A good example is the workplace. Almost every employee has a medical condition for which he or she is taking some type of medication. Every minor ailment carries a tag: Advil, Tylenol, Aspirin, Motrin, Maalox, Pepto-Bismol, Robitussin, Actifed and the list goes on and on. Many people keep a stash in a drawer in the event of a symptom. One co-worker repeats frequently: “the thought of having a headache and not having an Advil is horrendous enough to send me to a panic attack.” This particular 31-year old takes medications for depression, upset stomach, fungus, headache and allergies. She often says that she is a walking pharmacy at 31. I was there once!
The purpose of this website is to demonstrate the correlation between a holistic lifestyle and optimum health. It would be so simple to say “eat well and exercise” and you will be fine, but the word health has a deeper meaning. To prevent illnesses and diseases, one must be in a clear and unencumbered state of mind, whereas health is viewed as an integral part of life, a right that one has and that one deserves. Yet, to reach that conclusion, we need to define what a holistic lifestyle is, what we desire to achieve and what contribution to society is of value to us.
So I encourage you to peruse through articles that are of interest to you. After all, health is relative and personal in nature.
You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.