Chapter 8

Tackling What You Eat: Healthful Nutrition

In This Chapter

arrow Knowing how many kilocalories (and what types) to consume

arrow Getting adequate vitamins, minerals, and water

arrow Understanding the dietary impact of alcohol

arrow Sweetening your food with products other than sugar

arrow Losing weight and dealing with eating disorders

Boy, are people big and getting bigger! The Centers for Disease Control tells everyone that more than six in ten Americans are overweight or obese. Most adults are 25 pounds heavier than people in the 1960s. And yet more than half of these overweight people think they are at a healthy weight.

The good news, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in January 2012, is that the prevalence of obesity and high body-mass index in the United States was the same — that is, no worse — in 2009 and 2010 as it was from 2003 to 2008. The bad news is that it’s not improving.

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