We’ve all been told to eat our veggies, drink our milk and stop eating so much sugar and other junk food. While there has been a much-renewed focus on health and nutrition even in the last few years, there’s still the problem of obesity and lack of exercise. For some a healthy lifestyle is a must. Others may find it a little harder to get on board with proper nutrition, and with an astounding 34.9% of adults and approximately 17% of children (Source) in America suffering from obesity, it has never been more important to emphasize proper nutrition and good health.
America the Unhealthy
It’s no secret that America is fat. According to this list, we’re the ninth fattest country in the world. According to this one, we’re the eleventh. In a country with such delicacies (kidding!) as the Baconator Triple from Wendy’s, which boasts 1,330 calories, the BK Quad Stacker (or “Suicide Burger,” as it’s sometimes called) from Burger King delivering 930 calories, and the Big Mac from McDonald’s that contains 540 calories, it’s no wonder other countries call us fat. With around 12.7 million children affected by obesity in the last decade (Source), it’s time to start living healthier lives and set good examples for others.
Getting healthy may be easier than you think, and that’s a good thing for all of us. While a healthy life centers around proper amounts of exercise, there’s also a much larger (and many people would argue, more important) area – nutrition. This is a tough nut to crack for many people, but the good news is, there are plenty of good resources available, and a number of them are magazines that you’ll actually enjoy reading.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the three leading causes of death in women are heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease (Source). From 2009 to 2012, it was found that 36.4% of women over the age of 20 were obese (Source). 13% of women over the age of 18 are in fair or poor health (Source). With these, as well as other alarming statistics available through a simple Google search, why wouldn’t you want to keep yourself healthy?
Women’s Health is the ideal magazine for health-conscious women who are not only looking for nutrition tips, but for advice on how to stay fit. Plus, you get to see inspiring stories from celebrities and others who are on the same journey!
Shape is another of the popular fitness and nutrition titles among women. It covers everything from the hottest fitness trends to healthy dinner ideas, as well as the most popular beauty products and stylish looks. There’s even relationship advice. Shape offers the advice and support you need to maintain optimal health while also keeping yourself beautiful and happy.
When it comes to staying healthy, one of the first and most important principles involves making healthy choices when it comes to your diet. Many people are proponents of what is known as “clean eating,” which is simply about eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups, and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones.
Clean Eating is a cooking publication that provides support for healthy dietary choices by offering recipes and tips on how to eat clean for the healthiest nutrition possible. From discussions about how clean eating may help to facilitate weight loss to how to choose the cleanest foods, this magazine has everything you need to get your entire family eating clean for better health.
With a rise in diagnoses of celiac disease and gluten intolerance, the need for gluten-free nutrition keeps growing. Gluten-Free Living helps take the guesswork out of what to have for dinner – or any other meal! You’ll find delicious and healthy recipes, advice for decoding ingredients, and much more to help keep your family healthy while avoiding gluten.
We all love to eat, right? In many cases, what we love to eat may not be the healthiest for us. Cooking Light can help! Each issues offers low-fat and low-calorie recipes that still taste great and let you eat the foods you love. If you love to cook, but are never quite sure what to make, try a healthy recipe from Cooking Light. You won’t regret it!
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