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Eat, Move, Think: Living Healthy

Eat, Move, Think: Living Healthy

By The Editors

While many of us strive to live healthy lives, the task can be daunting and the information overwhelming. Should we be more concerned with our diet or with keeping our weight down? How important is exercise? What kinds of diseases should we really be worried about getting—or preventing? In this eBook, Eat, Move, Think: Living Healthy, we’ve assembled a number of stories on what we think sums up a healthy lifestyle, as well as some of the common obstacles faced in trying to achieve it. Some would argue that diet is the cornerstone of healthy living. To that end the first section, “Diet for Health,” opens with a story by nutritionist Marion Nestle, who sums up what it means to eat right in “Eating Made Simple.” Subsequent sections look at the efficacy of vitamins and supplements, the benefits of exercise and the importance of coping with mental stress. Because obesity cannot be ignored—it is increasing at epidemic rates worldwide—Section 3 covers “The Obesity Epidemic.” In “The World Is Fat: Obesity Outweighs Hunger Worldwide,” Steve Mirsky interviews epidemiologist Barry Popkin, who discusses the fact that obesity is growing problem in developing countries. W. Wayt Gibbs questions the “war on fat” in his piece, “An Overblown Epidemic?” while Paul Raeburn discusses “Can Fat be Fit?”We chose to include Section 4, "Diabetes," because although lifestyle can be a component of many diseases, including cancer and heart disease, diabetes, like obesity, is increasing rapidly. The eBook closes with a section called “Stress and Mental Health,” a part of the lifestyle equation often put on the back burner or ignored entirely. Included are stories on how to “Meditate that Cold Away” and how joining social groups can reduce stress and promote health.  The key to living healthfully is making informed choices, whether those involve the food you eat, where to live, your ideal weight or how to stave off depression. Armed with the right knowledge, everyone can live a healthier life—and that means a happier life.

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