Is Heart Healthy the New Skinny?

March 23, 2016

According to the CDC, Heart Disease Is the Leading Killer in this Country Among Both Men and Women, Claiming More Than 600,000 Lives Each Year

Dawn Zier, CEO of Nutrisystem

(Fort Washington, PA, Wednesday, March 23, 2016) – Who hasn’t spent time in front of the mirror while dieting, looking for evidence that our stomachs are getting just a little flatter?  We may be looking in the wrong place for validation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading killer in this country among both men and women, claiming more than 600,000 lives each year, or just about one of every four deaths.  Yet, startlingly, only about half of women know it is their number one killer.

There are plenty of reasons for the growth in obesity and diabetes – from ever-increasing portion size, to more sedentary lifestyles, to too much snacking and fast food, to the dearth of calorie information on prepared foods. But the real shame is people don’t need to go on a starvation diet or shed reality-TV-series amounts of weight to get heart healthy. The changes needed to make big improvements in are, in fact, relatively small.

Potential topics for discussion:

In 1997, there were no states where the obesity rate exceeded 25%. Today, there are only five states where the obesity rate is below 25%, and three where it exceeds 35%.  WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO REVERSE THIS TREND?

Of course we diet to look and feel better. But too often we’re focused on what we can see, and not what we can’t, even though it’s what’s going on inside that matters most in the long run.  IS IT TRUE YOU CAN VASTLY IMPROVE YOUR HEART’S HEALTH WITH EVEN MODEST WEIGHT LOSS?

A lot of people think, “I just want to be thinner.”  In the end, shedding a few pounds may not make you look or feel like a runway model. But it will help you live a longer and healthier life …. SHOULD THIS BE ENOUGH VALIDATION?  CAN HEART HEALTHY BE THE NEW SKINNY?

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