The American Diet

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The American diet has become very unhealthy and not just the food choices made, but the lifestyle decisions that are made on a daily basis. Recently, diet styles have taken a turn for the worst. Americans today are making horrible decisions on what they eat and when they eat which can eventually turn into bad habits and later affect their overall health, but there are plenty of ways to overcome those bad habits. “The average American should eat according to the age, gender, height, and level of activeness the person maintains (Avena),” but in today’s society that is not always the way people eat. According to many food labels the total set number of calorie intake per person should be around two thousand, but that can vary from person to person. Avena states “the average American consumes around 2,700 calories per day.” This being said, the reasons so many people today are consuming such a high intake of calories is due to the types of food available and the price of food is ridiculously high. Although the calorie intake plays a huge part in the american diet, it is what those calories make up. Aitken says, “The Standard American Diet usually consists of a myriad of processed carbs (cereals, breads, pasta, cookies, cakes etc.), processed meat products, and a few fruits and veggies.” People today eat way more fast foods and carbs instead of fruits and vegetables, which in turn makes the diet frowned upon by most other countries. Many Americans are always looking for the “easy” way out, something cheap and “on-the-go” which makes it harder for people to choose healthy choices and be more nutritious. The fastest way to get food now days is through the drive thru which is cheap and quick, but the thing about these meals is it is... ... middle of paper ... ...eople shorten the portion sizes, eat less fatty/ fried foods, and choose healthier side item choices than Americans today have a better chance of overcoming those bad habits. Americans today have horrible eating habits and alot of that has to do with the food consumed. Not only do people need to cut back on less fast foods, but also less carbs in the food. As long as people will choose healthier options and go with less portions than people can get rid of the bad reputation Americans have for their diet. Works Cited Aitken, Sarah. “Is the standard American diet bad for your health?” Naturalnews.com. 6 December 2007. Avena, Nicole. “The American Diet.” Psychologytoday.com. web. 19 August 2013 Lee, Mathew. “Statistics of health risks from eating fast foods.” Sfgate.com. Web “Two Foods” Twofoods.com. Aspen Labs. web. 2013 “What is Diabetes?” jdrf.org. web. 2009

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