Folks, I heard from a friend of mine that she was suffering from a rather undesirable ailment. While researching it today, I was struck to see a risk factor that seems to be omnipresent - obesity. It really is time to get our act together, and if you're not convinced, imagine yourself with one of the many ailments you are exposing yourself to.
Just for the record, I'm not suggesting weight caused my friend's condition. Myriad factors influence the diseases we are exposed to, including genetics, diet, exposure to environmental stressors etc. But weight and diet are the two you can control.
Why do I list weight and diet are independent? Because even if you are skinny, your diet can kill you. Don't be complacent that those saturated fats wont harm you because you aren't fat - those arterial walls are clogging up as you chew those fried potatoes.
So get in shape, cut back on fats and salt, start some yoga (pick a studio or class where they emphasize the breathing and mental aspects) and plan to live a long healthy life.