Americans’ Diets Link to Chronic Illness Diagnoses

Formerly serving in two branches of the United States military, Tim Penix retired from service in 2003 and embarked on a career in health. Following time spent as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, Tim Penix joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as a health coach. He works with patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses to create wellness goals and steps toward achieving them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half of adults in America live with at least one chronic health condition as of 2012. A major contributor to the problem is poor diet, which can result in diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke.

Consumption of processed foods has greatly outnumbered intake of fresh produce and whole foods. In fact, the CDC’s Risk Factor Surveillance Survey indicates that less than 25 percent of the population eats the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables to maintain ideal health. This, combined with lack of dietary guidance from a professional and personal inactivity, contribute to the growing incidence of chronic illnesses in Americans.