I need to eat more fruit

@JudyEv (156228)
Bunbury, Australia
March 13, 2016 8:13pm CST
James Higgins (@JamesHxstatic) wrote about the state of health in Oregon. You can read about it here: http://www.mylot.com/post/2903224/the-state-of-health-in-the-50-united-states. So I thought I'd check up on how Western Australia fares compared to the other Australian states. As a state, we have the second highest proportion of overweight people (66%). In 2010, our life expectancy was among the highest in the world, the age for women being 84.3 and for men 79.7. Leading causes of potentially avoidable deaths are heart disease and lung cancer. We drink at risky levels, don't eat enough fruit and vegetables and spend too long in the sun. Over a quarter of the population drink at levels likely to put them at risk of developing long-term health problems. WA has the second highest level of skin cancer. Only 6% eat enough fruit and vegetables and over 50% do not exercise enough. The proportion of smokers is falling but diseases of the respiratory system are second in the 'chronic illness' stakes. We also have a growing elderly population (of which I am one) and this will continue to put strains on our health system. How does your state compare with others in the health stakes? And I'm just leaving for a moment to grab a banana!
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@pgiblett (6570)
• Canada
14 Mar 16
Fruit is good for you I try to have some every day.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 16
Sometimes it's hard to eat all the stuff you should in a day - 2 serves of this, one of that, etc.
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@pgiblett (6570)
• Canada
14 Mar 16
@JudyEv You are correct about that. The reason I said "try" because sometimes we have none in the fridge.
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• United States
14 Mar 16
@JudyEv If I ate the number of servings of each item they recommend, I would explode. I eat nowhere near enough, but am not underweight. RAther than count each item, I just plan my food intake by Dr. Michael Pollen's plan, eat real food, not too much, mostly plants. Easy.
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@rosekiss (30245)
• Eugene, Oregon
14 Mar 16
I don't eat as much fruit as I should. I need to buy more when I go shopping. It is very healthy, and good for me, as well. I love to eat apples, and will buy lots of them. I also eat pears too. I have canned fruit I eat as well.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
I like canned fruit but it is usually full of sugar so we don't have it too often. This is a great area for fresh apples.
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@rosekiss (30245)
• Eugene, Oregon
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv I love aples, oranges, pears, and other fruits. I bought some oranges today, and they are my favorite as they are the navel ones, and those are the sweetest ones.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
@rosekiss When I buy oranges, I look for navels. They're my favourites too.
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• United States
14 Mar 16
I never looked into the statistics of overall health in the state I live in, but in my immediate surroundings the people around here are over weight, heavy drinkers and smokers and rarely do I ever see them getting out to exercise the body !
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Mar 16
Thank you for the mention! Obesity is huge problem in the US for sure. I noticed in the US survey that smoking increased in some states. I do not understand that at all in the face of the facts about the risks of smoking.
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• Eugene, Oregon
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv There are few public places that people can smoke here. It is forbidden in restaurants, bars and taverns and work places are smoke free as well.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
@JamesHxstatic I guess each State is different though with its rules?
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• Eugene, Oregon
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv Yes each state is quite different. I am lucky to be in Oregon.
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@silvermist (20071)
• India
14 Mar 16
@JudyEv It is good that you have decided to eat more fruits.I take fruits,as I like to eat fruits.Out of the fruits that you eat, which is your favorite?
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
I think watermelon but only when the weather is hot. Grapes are nice and bananas. What are your favourites?
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@silvermist (20071)
• India
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv Mango,green grapes (seedless).Pineapple(juice),and bananas.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
@silvermist I know many people love mangoes but they are not one of my favourite fruits.
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@jaboUK (56237)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 16
So despite all the negatives you mention, you have a great life expectancy.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
I had to scroll up to see what the negatives were! The 'we' was West Oz rather than Vince and I (I wouldn't want you to think we drink too much!). I think we eat reasonably healthily, we take care in the sun and we exercise moderately I guess. If I inherit Mum's genes I'm in for a long life but I don't want to go to 104. That's ridiculous.
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@jaboUK (56237)
• United Kingdom
16 Mar 16
@JudyEv Lol - I wasn't taking the statistics as being for you personally! And by 'you' I meant you Western Australians.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Mar 16
@jaboUK Whew! I'm relieved about that!
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@LadyDuck (207980)
• Switzerland
14 Mar 16
I have checked how our "Canton" compares to the other Swiss Cantons, it seems we are the healthiest.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 16
That's good news isn't it? I know you eat healthily.
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@LadyDuck (207980)
• Switzerland
14 Mar 16
@JudyEv We have a Mediterranean diet. Olive oil, tomatoes, vegetables fruits, fish and some pasta.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
@LadyDuck Italians are always being promoted to us for their healthy lifestyles. A sense of community is always quoted as being important too.
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@Ronrybs (8635)
• London, England
14 Mar 16
Give us a choice and it is hard to pick the healthy option, I can vouch for that!
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 16
There is no vegetable that tastes like chocolate, is there? But are you sure you've tried all the vegetable choices?
@Ronrybs (8635)
• London, England
14 Mar 16
@JudyEv Luckily I like veg and exceed the five a day
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
@Ronrybs I have more trouble eating enough fruit than vegetables.
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@Scindhia (1942)
• Chennai, India
14 Mar 16
I have heard even stand up comedies about Australians avoiding fruits. I thought it was an exaggeration until now. You should definitely have more seasonal fruits for your health to be sound.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
We have such lovely fruit it is a shame if Australians aren't taking advantage of it all.
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@Scindhia (1942)
• Chennai, India
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv Fruits are the easiest route to a healthy diet. We all should concentrate more on fruits!
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
@Scindhia I'll make it my goal for March - eat more fruit!
• United States
14 Mar 16
kinda scary, aint it? the state i hang my hat'n didn't've many bright stars. we ranked #37.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 16
Out of 50, that's getting on the low side. Keep eating your vegies!
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
@crazyhorseladycx Any improvement has to be good.
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@Morleyhunt (19806)
• Canada
14 Mar 16
Hope you enjoyed that banana. Overweight, drink too much, smoking, you name it...the population is not healthy.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 16
Obesity I think is the most observable although the city streets are awash with over-imbibers at night. (Good pun, don't you think? ) There seems to be many more young mums and teenage girls who are grossly overweight than there ever used to be.
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@Morleyhunt (19806)
• Canada
14 Mar 16
@JudyEv selling prom dress to teens gave me a good indication on size. There seemed to be, super tiny, some average and then obese. The slightly overweight were not that common.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 16
@Morleyhunt Yes, I think that is true here. The overweight really are obese.
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@LeaPea2417 (24192)
• Toccoa, Georgia
14 Mar 16
I need to eat more fruit also.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
I try not to snack but a piece of fruit would be okay.
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@LeaPea2417 (24192)
• Toccoa, Georgia
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv Yes, it is a healthy snack.
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@raaman (510)
• India
14 Mar 16
That's definitely good. My favorite is banana and take it daily.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
Bananas are easy to eat and very good for you. I like bananas too.
@raaman (510)
• India
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv, It is not only easy to eat. It is also sweet and readily available in all seasons.
@nanette64 (18705)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Mar 16
In the USA what's bad is that an apple is no longer a healthy fruit @JudyEv . Know why? The skin is sprayed with WAX so that it is pretty. Your body cannot digest wax. It used to be that the skin was the healthiest part of the apple. With all the chemicals and pesticides that are sprayed on fruits AND vegetables, nothing is healthy any more.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
We used to have wax on our apples too but I think that practice has been stopped now. It is hard to find food that hasn't been affected by some sort of pesticide.
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@nanette64 (18705)
• Fairfield, Texas
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv And they wonder why cancer rates are up.
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• United States
14 Mar 16
Most of these issues are under our control. I like to read lists like this, because they point out what we should avoid. Often the articles even tell us how to do so.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
We were given leaflets somewhere on how to avoid falls, just little tips and things to do to remove some of the obstacles that might result in a fall. All useful stuff.
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• United States
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv I have seen those. It's good common sense information.
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@Inlemay (17252)
• South Africa
14 Mar 16
its all about the fiber in our diets - we need that from fruit
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
That's true. Do you have 'unusual' fruits there?
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@Inlemay (17252)
• South Africa
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv the Banana - ha ha ha no just kidding, we have everything usual oranges and lemons, watermelons, grapes, peaches, apricots, green melon, figs, etc, etc
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@BelleStarr (42362)
• United States
14 Mar 16
I live in Connecticut which is ranked #6 so one of the better states.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 16
#6 is a good result. I would think all those east coast states might be in the top numbers.
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@BelleStarr (42362)
• United States
14 Mar 16
@JudyEv We are one of the most affluent areas.
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• United States
14 Mar 16
I am not sure of statistics. I eat a fair amount of fruit. I cant eat a lot due to a health condition that will not allow em to eat say oranges as the acidic levels bring about a flare. Apples are okay for me though.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
Grapes are nice too but I don't know if they'd be good for your condition. Do you eat bananas?
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• United States
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv Yes grapes are okay not acidic and bananas seem to be okay..just so expensive here.
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@teamfreak16 (43212)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Mar 16
I need to eat more fruit. Especially bananas.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
Bananas would probably be good for you as the potassium helps prevent leg cramps. Or so I believe. :)
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@teamfreak16 (43212)
• Denver, Colorado
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv - I've always went on that assumption.
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@TRBRocks420 (94420)
• Banks, Oregon
14 Mar 16
I try to make sure to eat fruit everyday and, I am about to grab a couple mandarins now that you mention it lol.
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@JudyEv (156228)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 16
Mandarins are good. Vince loves mandarins but they seem to be in the shops only for a few months each year.
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@TRBRocks420 (94420)
• Banks, Oregon
15 Mar 16
@JudyEv Yeah, they are like my favorite and, that's the only bad part.
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