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Poor eating patterns are one of the factors that contribute to heart disease—the leading cause of death in America (Photo by Digital Buggu via Pexels licensed under the Creative Commons).

Poor eating patterns are one of the factors that contribute to heart disease—the leading cause of death in America (Photo by Digital Buggu via Pexels licensed under the Creative Commons).

Poor eating patterns are one of the factors that contribute to heart disease—the leading cause of death in America (Photo by Digital Buggu via Pexels licensed under the Creative Commons).

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There are many things we take for granted on a daily basis; one of these things is our health. Often, we don’t think twice about our food choices or our physical activeness, especially when we don’t necessarily feel the urgency to do so. However, our bodies are constantly fighting the battle against our selfish, indulgent, and slothful tendencies in order to sustain itself. We only act on these problems when it’s too late and our bodies are slowly degrading and on the course of collapse, but is it entirely our fault? Not necessarily.

The Standard American Diet, coincidentally abbreviated as S.A.D., consists heavily of protein, grain, added sugar, saturated fat, and sodium, and not enough fruit, vegetable, dairy, and healthy oil. Though many factors, such as the ubiquity of fast food chains and their advertisements, contribute as to why this eating pattern has become the norm for Americans, they have become integrated into the American culture, making it more difficult to institute changes. Moreover, the question of whether or not one cares about their health goes back to the lack of care people have toward their health in the first place, creating an unhealthy and dangerous cycle that will inevitably affect the lives of Americans today and of the generations to come.

How are we going to solve this collective problem, then? Instead of using scare tactics, perhaps we should promote the benefits of healthy living and kindly inform people about the consequences. Since most patterns of living are cultivated at home, parents should take a step forward to not only taking initiative and change their own health, but most importantly, help their own children develop a wholesome and healthy living. More programs should be geared towards the relay of this information and of these practices, especially in schools. Healthier food options should be more accessible to everyone, most especially to people of lower socioeconomic status.

Truly, there are plentiful ways we can initiate change into our diets as individuals and as a country, but it seems as if it’s an issue that is not worth looking into. We need to be reminded that our health is the primary fuel of our bodies, and if we don’t nourish it properly, it will affect all of its functions, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional. Once the seeds of knowledge and practice of health are sown, they will eventually cultivate a willingness and openness to change, enabling America to welcome and embrace a healthy and wholesome lifestyle.

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