Laying the Foundation for a Health Promotion Program
The health problem is nutrition and weight status. Citizens are often engaged in unhealthy eating habits not aware of the inherent risks. There are established health benefits of eating a balanced diet and maintaining the right body weight. Unhealthy eating habits lead to many diseases. According to Healthy People.gov, some of the diseases associated with unbalanced nutrition include: overweight and obesity, malnutrition, iron-deficiency anemia, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, oral disease, diverticular disease, dyslipidemia, osteoporosis, constipation and some of the cancers. Among these, overweight and obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are prevalent. If not checked, unhealthy eating habits will continue to cause many preventable deaths. More so, diseases associated with poor eating habits will continue to consume a significant percentage of the United States health budget.
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