You have to wonder at the psyche of the average American when it comes to healthy eating and disease preventation from such unwanted chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

If you thought that “healthy thinking leads to healthy eating” then you may have cause to think again when twenty years of government initiated education and public interest programs have done little to peak interest in renewed diets in the USA. Are we getting through to stem the growing tide of chronic sicknesses?

Is it pure laziness then, or do they just don’t care about their bodies?

Check This Fast Fact File On Health In The US:

– According to the CDC study US vegetable consumption has remained as it was. There is no significant effect on the country’s typical dietary habits, according to a comprehensive nationwide study.

– The average US resident eats half the recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake.

– The recommended intake is five or more servings per day.

– Only 26 percent of US adults eat three or more servings a day.

– The population is becoming more and more diseased with each generation.

– The CDC figures are very similiar (almost identical ) to 2000 data.

– Market research company NPD Group released its 25th annual Eating Patterns in America report. This report includes 2 interesting pieces of data:
i)   Only 23 percent of meals consumed in the United States actually include a vegetable. Bear in mind that this vegetable might include lettuce or a slice of tomato found in a takeaway burger.
ii)  Number of dinners that include a salad diminished from 22 percent to 17 percent between 1994 and 2010.

– What you have to remember is that the context for these unfortunate figures is when health advocates are promoting vegetable consumption, and food companies market simple and convenient easier-to-prepare options of prepared broccoli and salads ready-to-go in containers (!!)

– Health officials are now turning their attentions for ways to make fresh fruit and vegetables more accessible to consumers, particularly among the poorer demographic communities and among children.

– Poverty seems to be associated with less access to fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise, and health care,” notes Gabriel Cousens in his book “There Is a Cure for Diabetes.”

– A recent study found that a new initiative among California children who had participated in a school gardening program actually ate one and half more servings of vegetables per day than other non-participating children.

Obviously the good fight for better nutrition and healthier, disease-free bodies in the US is far from being won.