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Obesity is the leading cause of years of life lost due to preventable health problems in America.

While obesity ranks #1, other top factors that can shave unnecessary years off our lives are diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The BAD NEWS is that more Americans than ever are suffering from life threatening health conditions. The GOOD NEWS is that it’s not too late to do something about this and if we modify our behavior, we can takes steps towards controlling the state of our health to a higher degree in order to live longer, healthier lives.

While we are currently limited on what we can overcome when dealing with genetic disease, we all have the choice to eat more fruits, vegetables and leaner meats, quit smoking and get more exercise.

Making these changes to our behavior can lead to more robust, happy and fulfilling lives enjoyed with the ones we love.

Click here for more information on preventable causes of a shortened life.