Essay about The Health Of The American People

778 Words Apr 11th, 2016 4 Pages
The health of the American people has been on the decline. Serious health concerns like obesity, cancer, and heart disease are on the rise and are killing Americans every day before they reach old age. With the convenience of processed, prepackaged, and fast food, Americans are not as conscious as they should be about their diets and what exactly they use to fuel their bodies. Not treating their bodies with the nutrients they deserve are causing their body to deteriorate and become susceptible to critical illnesses. Foods that are found to be the main catalyst to these problems are animal products, such as meat, dairy, and eggs. Veganism is a diet that excludes animal products and boasts a holistic diet of vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts and whole grains. Maintaining a diet of whole and plant-based foods that excludes meat dairy and eggs is the solution to the significant health problems that so many Americans face. A vegan diet is the healthiest way to nourish the body and prevent harmful and life threatening diseases.
Maintaining a healthy BMI and body weight is more attainable on a vegan diet. Obesity is an epidemic in America, affecting 1 out of 3 American adults and 1 out of 6 American children (Overweight). An accepted measurement of obesity is the Body Mass Index, or BMI for short, which is calculated using height and weight. A healthy BMI is between 18 and 25 with over 25 being considered overweight. The chart below displays the average BMI of participants with…

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