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What a difference 20 years Makes

  • FACT:

    20 years ago a standard cup of coffee was 8 ounces and had 45 calories.
    Today's 16 ounce cup of "brand" coffee has 350 calories.
    You need to walk approximately one hour and 20 minutes to burn off the extra 305 calories in the "brand" coffee.

  • FACT:

    20 years ago a bagel was 3 inches in diameter and had 140 calories.
    Today's average six inch bagel contains 350 calories.
    You need to rake leaves for an extra 50 minutes to burn off the extra 210 bagel calories.

  • FACT:

    20 years ago a blueberry muffin was 1.5 ounces and had 210 calories.
    Today's 5 ounce blueberry muffin has 500 calories.
    You need to vacuum 1 hour and 30 minutes to burn off the extra 310 blueberry muffin calories.

  • FACT:

    20 years ago, two average slices of pepperoni pizza had 500 calories.
    Today, 2 average slices of pizza total 850 calories.
    You need to walk and carry your own golf clubs for 1 hour to burn the extra 350 pizza calories.

  • FACT:

    20 years ago a 1 1/2 cups of chicken Caesar salad had 390 calories.
    Today, a 3 cup chicken Caesar salad has 790 calories.
    You need to walk your dog for 1 hour and 20 minutes to walk off the extra 400 calories.

  • FACT:

    20 years ago the average chicken stir fry serving contained 435 calories.
    Today's average serving contains 865 calories.
    You need to do aerobic dance for over an hour to burn the extra 430 calories.

  • FACT:

    20 years ago a box of movie popcorn had 270 calories.
    Today's popular tub of popcorn has 630 calories.
    You need to do water aerobics for 1 hour and 15 minutes to burn the extra 360 calories.

  • FACT:

    20 years ago a slice of cheesecake was 260 calories.
    Today, the average serving of cheesecake has 640 calories.
    You need to play tennis for 55 minutes to burn off the extra 380 calories.

  • FACT:

    As you can see, there are not enough hours in the day for a working person to burn off the destructive excess calories in today's distorted food portions.

"We are Literally Eating Ourselves to Death..."

Eating is the most basic of all physiologic needs and obtaining food is a fundamental driving force in all societies. For thousands of years people throughout the world have centered their cultures and focused their ambitions on the acquisition of land for the growing of crops, the herding of livestock and the raising of food. Modern technology has advanced food production to levels of abundance never seen before. For the first time in human history, food is plentiful and readily available for most people. This recent excess has led to the explosion of a critical global health issue - obesity.

Healthy Living

What was once perceived as only an American phenomenon, widespread obesity and excessive weight gain have become a global pandemic. Data recently published by the World Health Organization estimates that in 2007, 1.6 billion people (one in four) were overweight or obese. Two hundred million of these were children. Modern societies are being crippled with the associated costs of overburdened healthcare systems that are crumbling beneath the weight of out-of-control medical costs associated with managing the numerous life-threatening and often fatal diseases associated with excessive weight. Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, stroke, hypertension, age-related eye diseases, along with heart, liver and kidney disease are significantly prevalent co-morbid conditions that plague this population. It is time to for each of us to realize the real price that we are paying when we order a "supersize" meal, and what this practice is doing to our society.

Even though thousands of products are on the market to assist overweight and obese people to lose and manage their weight; the issue of hunger remains an unsolved issue for most calorie-restricted diets and weight loss plans. Despite the best of intentions, the "battle of the bulge" is rarely won. The seeds of defeat lay in the fact that weight control is regulated by overlapping hormonal systems that are dedicated to preserving our weight. In addition, calorie restriction causes "hunger" pains, headaches, nausea and other deprivation symptoms which are often so severe that it becomes nearly impossible for most dieting persons to control their urge to eat through the sheer exercise of their willpower alone.

The issue is clear; how do we reduce our caloric intake to lose weight and minimize the residual hunger which leads to a relapse of overeating?

The increased portion size, foods with empty calories, micronutrient deficiencies, and lack of daily exercise play major roles in the causes of obesity and the growing prevalence of degenerative disease. Higher body weights are also associated with increases in all-cause mortality. Obesity substantially increases the risk of developing: a) macula degeneration; b) diabetic retinopathy; c) glaucoma; d)hypertension; e) hypercholesterolemia; f) type 2 diabetes; g) coronary heart disease; h) stroke; i) gallbladder disease; j) osteoarthritis; k) sleep apnea; l) respiratory problems; and many forms of cancer, including endometrial, breast, prostate, and color cancers.

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Time for a Change

Now is the time for a change. A good start would include:

  1. Switching to eating a low calorie nutrient-dense, whole food diet
  2. Getting Regular Exercise

These two changes will dramatically increase our chances of aging in a way that will allow us to enjoy the quality of our lives for many added years of pleasure.

In addition, we believe that there is simply no better time than now to try PREE® Mealtime Portion Control.