Friday, February 25, 2011

Some startling statistics...

Wow. I just saw some staggering statistics in this press release. According to the World Health Organization, more people in the world now die from being overweight and obese than being underweight. Statistics show there are about 1.6 billion overweight or obese people in the world and at least 2.5 million deaths are associated with these conditions annually. Obesity also accounts for two to seven percent of total health care costs in several countries. Once considered a problem only in high-income countries, obesity is now taking a toll on populations across the globe, including those in developing nations.

Crazy, huh? I tend to think of obesity as more of an American problem, but with an estimated one-third of European children and adolescents now overweight as well, it truly has become an international issue.

If you're one of the many people struggling with weight, remember that it's best achieved by reducing caloric intake and portion sizes, lowering energy density of the diet and increasing physical activity. In addition, low-calorie sweeteners in beverages and foods can also help. It's true! A 2007 study published in Pediatrics found that eliminating 100 calories a day from the diet through the use of sucralose (Splenda® brand) as well as adding 2,000 steps of physical activity daily, helped maintain and lower body mass index for children participating in the “Families on the Move” program. Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Food Science found that people who use reduced-calorie products not only had a better quality diet but also were more likely to consume fewer calories.

Speaking from personal experience, low-calorie products have definitely helped with my weight loss efforts. When it comes to food and drinks, I almost always try to find a lighter version...they taste just as good and leave you feeling much less guilty in the morning.

Planning a dinner this weekend? Here are a few sucralose-sweetened options to help trim the calories.

Santa Fe Veggie Chili
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chicken Cacciatore over Pasta

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