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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition and health is a heavily researched topic of the 21st century. Scientists are relentlessly studying food and its relationship to the human body's overall health and wellness. Below is a compilation of some relevant facts related to nutrition. They reveal the extent to which making good food choices is crucial to be healthy long-term.

From "Benefits and Statistics about Eating Healthfully Detailed" by Lisa Linck of Kansas State University:


  • "The World Health Organization stated that at least 80 percent of all heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes, and up to 40 percent of cancer could be prevented if people ate better, engaged in more physical activity and quit using tobacco."

  • "Recent data shows that with adults ages 20 years and over, 34.2 percent overweight, 33.8 percent are obese and 5.7 percent are extremely obese."

    • "Poor eating habits and lack of physical activity are the major contributing factors to overweight and obesity in the U.S."

  • "Healthy eating can reduce the risk of chronic illness and disease including the three leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer and stroke."

  • "37 percent of Americans have cardiovascular disease."

  • "41 percent of the population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime."

  • "Only about 21 percent of adults consume the recommended amounts of fruits a day."

From "Why Good Nutrition is Important" from the Columbia University Center for Science in the Public Interest:

  • "Unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S., due to nutrition- and obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.1 

  • "In the last 30 years, obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents."

  • "The typical American diet is too high in calories, saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars, and does not have enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium, and fiber.

    • Such a diet contributes to some of the leading causes of death and increases the risk of numerous diseases, including: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, osteoporosis, and some cancers"

  • "Over two-thirds (67.5%) of American adults are overweight or obese."

Works Cited:

Linck, Lisa. “Benefits and Statistics about Eating Healthfully Detailed.” Benefits and Statistics about Eating Healthfully Detailed, Kansas State University, 13 June 2013,

“Why Good Nutrition Is Important.” Center for Science in the Public Interest, Columbia University, 17 May 2018,

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