Infographic: How America Has Become an Overly Medicated, Pill-Popping Nation

If I were to sum up my views on leading a healthy lifestyle I would simply say that: Exercise is medicine and optimal nutrition is an enabler of good health. I believe that human beings are designed to be physically active and that not doing so creates energy and nutritional imbalances within the body that ultimately contribute to chronic disease and other health problems, including obesity.

In my opinion, the United States has indeed failed to promote a culture of disease prevention and personal accountability. We have a private insurance system that simply fails at accommodating those folks who take preventive measures to stay healthy while rewarding those who do not. Even in all its splendor, the Affordable Care Act continues to foster a disease-based approach to healthcare.

While there are certainly people burdened by pre-existing health conditions that necessitate medical intervention, a sizeable majority of diseases can be treated and, oftentimes, even avoided with healthy lifestyle behaviors including regular exercise, healthy eating, and smoking cessation. Still, despite the proven benefits of such lifestyle practices there remains a growing burden of chronic disease in America.

Unfortunately enough, this disease burden is in fact causing us to become an overly medicated, pill-popping nation. But, don’t take my words alone, as seeing is definitely believing. Check out this interesting and enlightening infographic and SEE exactly what I mean.

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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.

Pill-Nation Nina Cherie Franklin