It’s a stereotype that we often hear, but it’s also very true: Americans aren’t a very healthy group of people. Over one in three people in the United States are considered obese, and there are only eleven countries in the world that have a higher percentage of obese adults than the USA.
What’s even more shocking (and I use that term loosely) is that a new study was recently published by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings that found that less than 3 percent of Americans live a “healthy lifestyle.”
The standard American day has become one that is built on speed and convenience. Most of our days are so busy that we decide to just go through the drive-thrus of fast food restaurants because it’s just easier that way; we don’t have time to exercise because the new episode of Survivor is on tonight, and then it’s time to get some sleep.
Over half of the food that Americans consume is now considered “ultra-processed.” So in addition to not getting much exercise, the food that we eat isn’t doing us any favors for our waistline,