Enjoying the occasional midnight snack might not seem like such a big deal, but researchers warn that eating whatever you want whenever you want can spell trouble for your weight and well-being.
From 1976 to 1980, only 15 percent of American adults were obese. In more recent years, the figure has skyrocketed to about 40 percent while another 33 percent are already overweight.
Health experts are concerned because this increase in weight comes alongside growing rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and health complications linked to obesity, like hypertension. Researchers also warn that Alzheimer’s disease may be connected to obesity and physical inactivity.
Ali Guler, a professor of biology at the University of Virginia, explained that the typical American diet, along with diets in other countries, has changed dramatically in the last 50 years or so.” Now, highly processed foods are cheaper and more readily available, making it easier to have unhealthy snacks whenever you want. Read more…