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While taking the course Human Nutrition I learned that for a healthy life-style it takes following such simple health habits as avoiding smoking drinking in moderation eating a well-balanced diet controlling weight reducing stress and exercising regularly By under-standing the basic principles of healthy living and applying them with sense and moderation I can vastly improve the quality-and may well increase the length-of my life Personal Diet and Activity ModificationsDiet as a means of disease prevention has received a lot of attention from the medical community and the media According to the American Dietetic Association an unhealthy diet has been linked to some leading causes of death in America today such as cancer adult diabetes stroke heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver Obesity is our most common nutrition-related health problem and is a contributing factor in a number of health problems including high blood pressure arthritis certain types of cancer adult diabetes and heart attacksIve realized that to control my weight and minimize other food-related health problems I need to become even more knowledgeable about nutrition I gave birth to my fourth child just five months ago with only 18 months separating the last two After losing almost all of my pregnancy weight within the first four to six weeks I have managed to gain almost all of it backAccording to the BMI Chart that I found in Dieting for Dummies my BMI is at 26 When I factored my height and weight to The Dietary Guidelines for Americans weight table I determined that I am considered moderately overweight My waist measures at 34 inches Over 35 inches puts a woman at an increased health risk when coupled with a BMI of over 25 I would venture to say that I am walking the tightrope when it comes to health risks There is no known hereditary disease in my family although my mother was obese Upon completion of evaluating my diet for approximately one
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