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Before the industrial-agricultural revolution (about 150 years ago), food was relatively scarce and, consequently, expensive. Obesity was often associated with the privileged (hence the term “fat cat”), who could afford to eat well and do little else.
In the past two issues of the Juvenon Health Journal, we’ve utilized an important Harvard study – identifying the top preventable risk factors for premature mortality – as a springboard for a healthy lifestyle discussion.
While smoking and high blood pressure emerged as the top grim reapers, other factors were also significant. Obesity, physical inactivity and high blood glucose were each responsible for roughly one in 10 deaths. According to the mathematical model used by the researchers, 163,000 to 217,000 Americans die annually due to high blood glucose levels.