When I think about bad eating habits the following immediately come to mind:
- Skipping Breakfast
- Fast Food and, in particular, supersizing
- Fried Food
- Unbalanced emphasis on simply carbohydrates
- Snacking late at night, especially on sweets
- Lack of fruits and vegetables
- Eating to relieve stress
Poor eating habits often are influenced by one’s access to quality food, as suggested by USDA reports to congress.
In the U.S., this is really not an excuse for an unhealthy lifestyle but does mean we have to work a little harder to improve our health through the right nutritional choices. Only a small percentage of Americans are actually constrained to the point that they cannot obtain healthy and nutritious food.
And, it is poor eating habits – our choices – that are leading to obesity and related health problems, such as Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, cancer and coronary artery disease. The overall spending related to our choices is quoted in the $147 billion range.
The nutritional portion could be measured by the amount of soda, fast food and sweets consumed, which is exactly what a recent report did last month that lists the 10 states with the worst eating habits.
10. New Mexico
Amount Spent on Fast Food Per Capita: $737 (8th most)
Gallons of Soft Drinks Purchased Per Capita: 58 (12th least)
Pounds of Sweet Snacks Purchased Per Capita: 111 (13th least)