In 2008, over 616,000 people died of heart disease. Heart disease caused almost 25% of deaths—almost one in every four—in the United States. It is actually the American diet that is killing us - and most importantly it seems like most people are oblivious to what's killing them.
 
Some perspective: Over 600,000 people die from heart disease per year - compare to - 11,000 by a firearm; or US casualties in the Iraq war (since 2003) is circa 4,500...

...we are more focused on banning and litigating war and guns than we are on the American diet. Keep in mind, 600,000 deaths from heart disease is PER YEAR! The bottom line is that guns and war don't even come close to killing the amount of people that bad eating habits do - and yet, there's a fast food restaurant on every corner of every town across the country! 

According to the Center for Disease Control, the 10 Leading Causes of Death in 2010 were:
  1. Heart Disease 597,689 (mostly diet related)
  2. Malignant Neoplasms 574,743 (can be diet related in relation to some cancers)
  3. Chronic Low. Respiratory Disease 138,080 (mostly diet related)
  4. Cerebro- vascular 129,476 
  5. Unintentional Injury 120,859 
  6. Alzheimer’s Disease 83,494 (linked to sugary diet)
  7. Diabetes Mellitus 69,071 (diet related)
  8. Nephritis 50,476 (in relation to kidney disease, diet related (obesity)
  9. Influenza & Pneumonia 50,097 
  10. Suicide 38,364 
(notice on the list above that guns and [btw] that evil plant marijuana aren't on the list!) 

Of the 2,468,435 people who died in 2010, less than 4/10th of 1%, or .004%, died as a result of a gun-related homicide. So - we can rule out violence as a leading cause of death in the United States.

ALLOWING YOUR KID TO EAT FAST FOOD IS CHILD ABUSE! Your child is dying a slow death by the eating habits you allow!!! Realize that fat cells never go away - fat cells shrink and grow. Your fat kid today WILL ALWAYS have fat related issues into adulthood. A child that is fat or obese today will MORE THAN LIKELY be in one of the risk factors for heart disease (shown below). The eating choices that parents bring into the home are essentially killing children.

In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion.3 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.


Below is the percentage of U.S. adults with heart disease risk factors in 2005-2008:2

Risk Factor (%) 
Inactivity 53
Obesity 34
High Blood Pressure 32
Cigarette Smoking 21
High Cholesterol 15
Diabetes 11

In 2003, approximately 37% of adults reported having two or more of the risk factors listed above.3

Causes of cardiovascular disease: While cardiovascular disease can refer to many different types of heart or blood vessel problems, the term is often used to mean damage caused to your heart or blood vessels by atherosclerosis (ath-ur-o-skluh-RO-sis), a buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries. This is a disease that affects your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body. Healthy arteries are flexible and strong.

Over time, however, too much pressure in your arteries can make the walls thick and stiff — sometimes restricting blood flow to your organs and tissues. This process is called arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is the most common form of this disorder. Atherosclerosis is also the most common cause of cardiovascular disease, and it's often caused by an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight and smoking. All of these are major risk factors for developing atherosclerosis and, in turn, cardiovascular disease. 

Don't take my word for it - do your own research; I'm sure you'll come to the same conclusions... FAST FOOD, SUGAR, LACK OF EXERCISE, OBESITY - this is what's truly killing us.

References
  1. Miniño AM, Murphy SL, Xu J, Kochanek KD. Deaths: Final data for 2008. National Vital Statistics Reports; vol 59 no 10. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2011.
  2. National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2010: With Special Feature on Death and Dying. Hyattsville, MD.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Multiple Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Stroke—United States, 2003. MMWR. 2005;54(5):113–117. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120/DSECTION=causes
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