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When we think of diets, the majority of us associate diets with obese people wanting too lose weight. However, a diet is not just about losing weight. They also have the reverse affect i.e. anorexia.

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Introduction: When we think of diets, the majority of us associate diets with obese people wanting too lose weight. However, a diet is not just about losing weight. They also have the reverse affect i.e. anorexia. A Diet is the style and way of eating of a person regarding what they eat and when they eat. Why do people diet? Humans may alter their usual eating habits for many reasons, including weight loss, disease prevention or treatment, removing toxins from the body, or to achieve a general improvement in physical and mental health. Others adopt special diets for religious reasons. Diets today Diets today are mostly about losing weight and unfortunately there is a pattern with the way we live and our diet. This is unfortunate because the majority of obese people on the planet are in the western world with Americans as you may know, regarded as the 'Fattest Nation'. The reason for this is that their diet is not balanced with their style of living. England itself has a high percentage of obese men and women and uprising children. It too soon can become a 'fat nation' Food Guide Pyramid A Guide to Daily Food Choices What are the most important steps to a healthy diet? ...read more.

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According to the book you can..."Eat the delicious meals you love"..."Never count calories"..."Enjoy a cheeseburger when you're hungry"..."Reach your ideal weight...and stay there"..."See amazing results in 14 days." Those first 14 days are what Dr. Atkins calls the "induction diet." For 2 weeks you can eat whatever high-protein or high fat foods you want-meat, butter, cream, eggs. The only catch? You just have to limit your carbohydrates to 20 grams (g) per day- about one hot-dog bun's worth. After those first 2 weeks, and until you reach your "ideal weight," you eat somewhere between 25 and 759 of carbohydrates daily. Then you move into a maintenance plan that lets you add just a few more carbohydrates, depending on your response. The purpose of the induction, diet? According to Dr. Atkins, it's to trigger ketosis; a condition in which your body bums stored fat as energy. Here's how: without bread, potatoes, cereals, and other starches to supply its favourite fuel, glucose, the body creates compounds called ketones, a fuel derived from fat. He also says that by lowering your carbohydrate intake, you'll lower your levels of insulin, the hormone that brings glucose to your body's cells so it can be burned as energy. ...read more.

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But we are not alone (see below). The world-wide increase is also spreading to areas of developing countries where there is easier access to an over-processed diet and less need to be active in daily lives. Country % Men % Women Finland 19 19 Russia 10.8 27.9 England 17 20 Germany 17.2 19.3 Czech Republic 16.3 20.2 Scotland 15.9 17.3 Belgium 12.1 18.4 Spain 11.5 15.2 Sweden 10 11.9 France 9.6 10.5 Denmark 10 9 Netherlands 8.4 8.3 Italy 6.5 6.3 USA 19.5 25 Australia 18 18 Obesity is also associated with: * high blood cholesterol * complications of pregnancy * menstrual irregularities * hirsutism (presence of excess body and facial hair) * stress incontinence (urine leakage caused by weak pelvic-floor muscles) * psychological disorders such as depression * increased surgical risk Conclusion: I hope from this information and the talk you have some understanding of diets and the reality of the rising epidemic that is arising around us. How do we stop obesity? Can the government do anything? What is the correct diet? Do we let junk food take over our lives? If you think you are overweight then use the Body Mass Index to determine if you are right. For men the standard BMI is around 25 and for women it is around 30! DEVISED BY KHALED HAMID! ...read more.

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