Young adults ages 18 to 30 are notorious for their casual attitude about nutrition. Around 60% only get one to two daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
In contrast, the average American eats about 83 pounds of beef a year, the equivalent of 333 quarter-pounders. That's enough to take your breath away — literally.
A study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2022 Conference reveals that, especially for smokers or those who ever smoked, people whose diet from ages 18 to 30 was woefully short on fresh produce and long on beef and unhealthy fats were 60% more likely to develop emphysema than those who ate a plant-based diet as young adults.
Tracking participants in the CARDIA study for 30 years, researchers discovered that while smoking is a huge factor in respiratory problems, it’s not the only one. Combined with poor nutrition in younger years, it delivers a super destructive blow to your lungs.
Add that to the news that in 2017, more than 1 million teens ages 14 to 17 became new daily tobacco users (75% through vaping) and we have a nation of future emphysema sufferers, unless we act now.
Parents, help your kids, teens, and young adults appreciate the joys of loving food that loves you back.
Kids, dig into plant-based food options, on the run and cooked at home.
Mom and Dad, don't assume your teen doesn't vape. Show them the facts at CDC.gov — search for "Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens and Young Adults."
Help them enjoy an active life for years to come.