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In the past two decades, a lot of research has come out about tobacco use—and the news hasn’t been good for tobacco companies. Whereas once smoking appeared to be a harmless pastime, something that just about everyone did, inside and outdoors, that isn’t the game anymore. Tobacco use continues to decline across the United States, but there are still a lot of people out there who smoke at least somewhat regularly. By the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease and Control, about 18% of US adults use tobacco products in some form or another. [Read more]

Soda is hands-down one of the most popular drinks in the United States. This can be proven on the number of sales alone. Based on national sale data, there is enough soda sold annually for every adult to drink a full 45 gallons of soda per year. There are aquariums sold that are smaller than that! But when you stop and think about it, there is really no wonder as to why soda is such a major drink in our diets. The beverage is filled with sugar, and most of our favorite sodas pack enough caffeine to help us power through a busy afternoon at work. [Read more]

Americans are dealing with more health problems now than they ever had in the past. This is based on statistical data that finds that chronic diseases are pretty much on the rise across the board. One of the biggest causes of this startling rise in health problems is obesity, which directly affects more than one-third of the US adult population, with another third being overweight and at risk. [Read more]

By this point it is a well-known fact that obesity rates have been on the rise. It’s been all over the news, HBO put out a multi-part documentary on the subject and countless books have been published, all echoing the fact that in the last 30 years obesity rates have more than doubled. The South, including Atlanta, is one of the biggest hotbeds for obesity in the United States. [Read more]

Acid reflux disease is a chronic health problem that impacts about 60 percent of the US adult population. Another chronic health problem that is currently an issue with about the same number of US adults: obesity. The foods you choose to eat, and how much food you eat, have a direct influence on your acid reflux symptoms. Learning to control your diet is one of the first steps in overcoming heartburn. [Read more]

There is a wealth of research indicating that those who focus on making changes to their lifestyle habits prior to weight loss surgery are the most successful at reaching their weight loss goals and maintaining their new healthy weight in the future. Much of what makes the difference here is education. Those who take the time to learn the ins and outs of living a healthy lifestyle prior to undergoing bariatric surgery are better prepared for the changes that come afterwards. [Read more]

There is a reason omnivores face an ongoing dilemma. Meat plays a big role in our diets. According to the Wall Street Journal, the average American eats more than 50 pounds of poultry in a year, and more than 70 pounds of red meat. While meat presents us with a consistent source of protein, there are some negative health consequences that come with eating meat, especially in high quantities [Read more]

Acid reflux is one of the most common health problems affecting Americans, with as many as one in three US adults experiencing symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation at least once a month. Life with acid reflux is really no secret for many of these people. In fact, there are a lot of celebrities who are open about their experiences with acid reflux disease, including television personalities like Rosie O’Donnell and professional athletes like John Elway. [Read more]