Article by: Shannon Torres
Obesity and disease are plaguing our nation. Many Americans are finding themselves struggling with weight and chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Some of these diseases can be found in a family’s history, however most people do not know of their medical history past their grandparents. If we look further into our histories, we will find that many of the diseases Americans are suffering from now, did not exist during the times when our great-great, or even great grandparents were alive.
It has been proven that only 5-10% of disease is a result of our genetics. The other 90-95% of disease is due to inadequate nutrition and lifestyle choices. Growing up we are bombarded with advertisements which promote food, sex and addictive substances. Food has become less about tradition, family and nutrition and has turned into a huge profit making business. Billions of dollars have been poured into the research and testing on getting human beings addicted to products to produce more sales.
Is there a way we can defy our genetic dispositions and live a healthy lifestyle despite our odds? The answer is yes. Although we should never ignore our family’s medical history, we should not be afraid of it either. A few of the ways we can prevent disease is by altering our beliefs, educating ourselves about food and taking good care of our bodies.
Studies have shown that children who witness their parents smoking, are more likely to become smokers than children who do not. In the same way, a parent’s poor eating habits are likely to be passed down to their children as well. Sometimes we have to question our relative’s choices when it comes to food. It is absolutely possible to turn off the genetics that cause disease with proper diet and lifestyle choices. Millions of people have defied the odds despite their genes, and you can too.
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