Is Laziness Making Us Sick?
Heart disease is expected to kill 400,000 Americans in 2010. However, a British study found that half those deaths could be prevented if Americans ate healthfully and didn’t smoke. Two-thirds of U.S. adults and almost one-third of children are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Worldwide almost 1 billion adults are overweight; and if nothing is done, the number will exceed 1.5 billion by 2015. According to the World Health Organization not smoking, eating healthfully and exercising regularly dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It’s standard health care everyone can afford.
Standard hospital protocol is for doctors and nurses to wash their hands before and after seeing a patient. Unfortunately, studies show that only about 40% of U.S. health care