The American Journal of Medicine just released a new study which seems to show a steady decline in healthy lifestyles amongst middle-aged Americans. In comparing the results of two National Health and Nutrition, one from the 80's and the other from the first half of this decade, the study finds reductions in the amount of middle-aged Americans who exercised regularly, and ate a well-balanced diet. It is thought that the rise of the sedentary lifestyle and more demanding work schedules have contributed to the abandonment of healthy behaviors. The news is particularly troubling because at this point, the health ramifications of a poor diet and lack of exercise are well known.
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