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American Health Crisis

March 28, 2008

America is a great country. We have the security, freedom and lifestyle desired by many people around the world.

But Americans are overweight, unhappy and unhealthy. Every year healthcare costs increase while overall health decreases; people continue to eat poorly, gain weight and depend on medications and operations to maintain their health.

We are witnessing a health crisis in America today. In 2004, 66% of Americans were overweight or obese. That number has greatly increased in the past few years. The rates of diabetes in this country have more than doubled between 1980 and today.

Every day, 2,500 Americans die from cardiovascular disease, such as coronary heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. Why are Americans so unhealthy and overweight? Why do we suffer in increasing numbers from chronic health concerns, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, reproductive issues and depression? Why do we need so much medical attention and medication?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.