Sugar, salt and animal fat (mostly cholesterol) are the mainstay of the American diet. These three main ingredients are omnipresent–avoiding them is nearly impossible.
As the baby boomers reach their golden years, especially in the aftermath of the recent deep and long recession, the retirement years will be lean for millions of them. Lean in terms of resources and lean in terms of access to lean and healthy foods which are usually more expensive, harder to cook or keep in the fridge and requiring more frequent shopping as vegetables and fruits do not keep well on the counter or in the fridge.
Behavioral health, lifestyle and diet will have a much greater impact than so called healthcare reform and access to health insurance will. Health insurance gets you medical care, in a system that is not proactive nor preventive. The danger is that we will not change our health habits and that access to health care will only mean greater utilization of services… Indeed, the baby boomers will be a tremendous cost to the healthcare system and their Rock and Roll attitude may not bode well for their aging lifestyle and healthcare risk.
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