Lack of Omega 3 Fatty Acids Kills 84,000 Per Year

July 3, 2009 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Lack of Omega 3 Fatty Acids Kills 84,000 Per Year
A new study funded by the Centers for Disease Control1 estimates that in 2005 obesity killed 216,000 people, another 191,000 lost their lives to laziness, and 84,000 died because they didn't have enough omega 3 fatty acids in their diet.

How can we consider national health care when we as a nation are unable to correct even the most basic issues that are driving skyrocketing costs? As you can see, these issues have to do with basic lifestyle and the most fundamental ideas regarding health, that is to say – personal choices.

We are a country that prides itself in the freedom of its people to choose. I have no problem with that. I simply think that those who choose an unhealthy path should pay for the consequences themselves.

In addition to personal choice, it is also worth pointing out that it is years of government policy that has fostered a food supply that is low in omega 3 fatty acids, and is instead imbalanced with excess omega 6 oils, junk fats, and multiple toxins.

How can government reduce the cost of health care when its longstanding policies regarding the quality of our food supply, including the silly food pyramid, are major factors contributing to the poor health and poor choices of millions of Americans?

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Causes of Preventable Death  PLOS Medicine  Goodarz Danaei, Eric L. Ding, Dariush Mozaffarian, Ben Taylor, Jürgen Rehm, Christopher J. L. Murray, Majid Ezzati.

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