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We're in a situation now where weight and extreme weight and heart disease is the biggest killer in this country today - Jamie Oliver

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Do you have a heart challenge? Despite the latest in medical management and invasive procedures heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide and continues to be one of the major causes of medical disability.

And it's not going to go away anytime soon, what with the obesity being a major health problem worldwide and especially in the western world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that this 'globesity' epidemic includes over one billion overweight adults of which at the least 300 million are considered obese. Over two thirds of Americans are overweight and about one third are considered obese. Likewise in 2004, over 6 million Canadians were overweight and over 4.5 million were obese.

Even more alarming, is the fact that the rate of children identified as obese has tripled in the past thirty years. One third of all children born after 2000 will develop diabetes during their lifetime, or they will face other chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.

Why? Because kids spend a lot of time in front of the TV, or the computer, or playing video-games and less time outside running around, being kids. Oh yeah, and because kids eat crappy food. Families are busy and that leaves very little time for parents to prepare nutritious snacks or home-cooked meals. Whatever is quick, inexpensive, and easy is the reality for most families.

I know. You're busy. But, if we do nothing, we will be the first generation of parents to outlive our kids.


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