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Eat right and maintain a Healthy body weight

People often struggle with their weight, some trying to gain some, as most try to loose some. Weight has become a popular issue all over the world in this current generation. Most young people suffer from diseases brought about by weight like, Anorexia and Obesity. The rise in weight problems is factored by so many social and cultural aspects of our lives today. With the world being as dynamic as it is, people have adapted different social cultures from what used to be in the past when our grand parents and their parents were growing up. With the rise in industrialization, came the cities, and more and more people moved in to the cities selling off their farm lands in an effort to find jobs and a better standard of life. With people focusing more on manufacturing of industrial goods and less on farming, the large scale farmers also focused more on producing foods that can be easily preserved and transported to the cities, and this meant foods like grains and livestock. Important fresh foods like fruits and vegetables either became scarce, or too expensive to afford for the many industrial workers. Slowly, these foods have been faced out of our diets, as people struggle to meet production in industrial goods. These foods have been replaced by foods in fast food restaurants, which usually have plenty of calories; these are a major contributing factor in weight gain problems. Most people have also resorted to using supplements instead of food fearing that they might gain weight if they eat. This has led to lots of young girls suffering from diseases like Anorexia.

In order to live right, you must eat right. Eating right does not mean having three or four meals a day, it means checking what goes in to your diet. Just like the phrase popularly used in computers GIGO (Garbage in, Garbage out), what you eat is who you are. If you eat healthy, you live healthy and if you eat junk, your body becomes junk. A health diet consists of the following foods:

– 6 to 11 servings of carbohydrates, which may include Bread (whole meal), rice, pasta, cereals and potatoes

– 3 to 5 servings of vegetables or 2 to 4 servings of fruits, which usually contain vitamins, fiber and iron

– 2 to 3 servings of poultry/ Dairy products/ meat/ dry beans/ nuts group; this contain protein and some amount of fiber

– Fats, oils and sweets are to taken in very little amounts

The above foods are usually illustrated by a pyramid with carbohydrates at the bottom of the pyramid and Fats and sweets at the top of the pyramid.

www.mypyramid.gov

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/nutrition.html

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